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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. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
 The Later Prophets


Question 2. According to Isaac Luria's theology, what will bring the Messiah?
 Tikkun olam (the healing of the world)
 Intense prayer and meditation
 Effective communication
 Ascetic living


Question 3. Which of the blessings in the Amidah testifies to the belief in the Messiah?
 The blessing "Avot," for the forefathers
 The blessing "Shield of Abraham," for the Chosen one
 The blessing "Gevurot," for God's "mightiness" in reviving the dead
 The blessing "Rofei," for healing the pain of death


Question 4. What will the Messianic Era be preceded by, according to almost all Jewish sources?
 A single light filling the world, and the sky turning purple
 Enormous amounts of suffering, the "birth pangs" of the Messiah
 An end to hunger and famine
 The giving of the third set of the Ten Commandments


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 the difference between Mashiah ben Joseph and Mashiah ben David?
 One is the Jewish Messiah; the other is the Christian version of the Messiah
 One will be the actual Messiah; one will be the embodiment of the World to Come
 One will fight in a colossal war and die; one will bring the World to Come
 One will try to attract new followers to Judaism; one will attempt to draw in those who are already Jewish


Question 7. Which of the following will not have a place in the World to Come, according to the Midrash on Ecclesiastes?
 Wicked people
 A and B only
 All of these