My Jewish Learning

Thinkers & Thought Quiz

A wide cast of intellectuals devoted their lives to defining what Judaism meant to them, and what it should mean to others. How much do you know about these thinkers and their philosophies?



Question 1. What is syncretism?
 A unanimous decision in the Talmud
 A tradition that is accepted both by Ashkenazic and Sephardic rabbis
 A negative commandment
 None of the above

 

Question 2. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?
 Saadia Gaon
 Nachmanides
 Gersonides
 Baruch Spinoza

 

Question 3. When did Jewish thinkers begin to try to prove the existence of God?
 In the Second Temple period
 In the Talmud
 In the Middle Ages
 After the Enlightenment

 

Question 4. True or false: Kabbalists thought that only a handful of worthy students should receive the secrets of the Law.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. Which of these statements is NOT one of Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith?
 God has no physical body
 The Messiah will redeem Israel
 The dead will be resurrected
 Jews must live in the Land of Israel

 

Question 6. How does Judah Halevi distinguish the Jewish revelation story from Islam and Christianity's stories of revelation?
 Judaism doesn't believe in a literal revelation
 Judaism's revelation was on a mountain
 Judaism's was revealed to 600,000 people and not one person
 None of the above

 

Question 7. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
 The Karaites
 The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
 The Mitnagdim
 The Hasidim

 

Question 8. Which of these philosophers was NOT Spanish?
 Maimonides
 Saadiah Gaon
 Judah Halevi
 Bahya Ibn Pakudah

 

Question 9. True or false: Aristotle is never mentioned in the Talmud.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?
 French
 Spanish
 Ladino
 Arabic