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Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?

Question 1. According to Maimonides, which is true about the Messiah?
 The Messiah will bring world peace
 The Messiah will reign over a peaceful and prosperous Israel
 The Messiah will undoubtedly be a man
 The Messiah will live forever


Question 2. What does mashiah, the Hebrew word for "messiah," literally mean?
 The Chosen
 Anointed One
 Inner Peace


Question 3. Which of these is not a term that refers to the Jewish conception of the Afterlife?
 Eternal Jerusalem
 Gan Eden
 The World to Come


Question 4. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?


Question 5. In Jewish belief, which of these is not a possibility?
 The soul separates from the body
 The soul goes straight to heaven
 The soul makes a stop in hell (Gehinnom) to purge itself of sins
 The soul transmutes into the World to Come


Question 6. According to the Mishnah, who does not have a share in the World to Come?
 One who says that the resurrection of the dead is a teaching that does not derive from the Torah
 One who says that the Torah is not from heaven
 One who questions the rabbis
 A and B only
 All of these


Question 7. What is a gilgul?
 A small forest demon
 The Hebrew term for a reincarnated soul
 The desert in which souls reside before resurrection
 The time between death of the body and death of the soul