Afterlife & Messiah QuizThe 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. What is Gehinnom?
An in-between zone between heaven and hell.
The waiting-room for the afterlife.
The Jewish version of purgatory or Hell.
The Hebrew word for the World to Come.
Question 2. In rabbinic literature, the soul goes through three stages after death. Which of these is not one of those stages?
The dwelling of the soul in heaven
The Messianic age on Earth
The resurrection of the dead
A "time delay" between physical death and what comes next
Question 3. 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
Question 4. Which of these is not a term that refers to the Jewish conception of the Afterlife?
The World to Come
Question 5. Which belief is expounded by Maimonides in his "Essay on the Resurrection"?
People will only be resurrected as noncorporeal souls
People will be resurrected as souls with everlasting bodies
People will be resurrected in body form, but will eventually die again
People will be resurrected in the bodies of great Jewish leaders
Question 6. What does mashiah, the Hebrew word for "messiah," literally mean?
Question 7. Which of these is a Jewish belief about heaven?
All people go there.
Only Jews can go there.
In Heaven, the righteous will study Torah with God.
Both our bodies and souls are transmuted into Heaven.