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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 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 2. 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


Question 3. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
 Bar Kokhba
 Deborah the Judge
 None of these


Question 4. What does mashiah, the Hebrew word for "messiah," literally mean?
 The Chosen
 Anointed One
 Inner Peace


Question 5. The most forthright biblical prophecy concerning life after death--" Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, others to reproaches, to everlasting abhorrence"--appears in which book?


Question 6. 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 7. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?