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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. In which book is the person who ushers in the World to Come called "The Messiah"?
 None of these


Question 2. In the Zohar, when do most pilgrimages of holy people to Heaven take place?
 At the sun's first light
 During the night, while they sleep
 At the moments of prayer
 Just before their weddings


Question 3. According to Jewish tradition, which biblical personality will the Messiah be descended from?
 All of the above
 None of the above


Question 4. What do biblical books such as Ecclesiastes and Job say about Sheol?
 That all souls go there.
 That only good people go there.
 That only good people go there.
 That there is a concept of reward and punishment there.
 None of the above


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 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 7. How is the Messiah described in the Talmud?
 As a beggar sitting at the gates of Rome, waiting for the Jews to repent
 As a political figure with military strength
 As a being with supernatural abilities
 All of the above