Thinkers & Thought QuizA 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. Which of these groups was NOT labeled heretic?
The Sephardic Jews in North Africa
Question 2. Saadiah Gaon wrote a translation of the Bible in what language?
Question 3. Hellenistic Jewish literature is dominated by which figure?
Question 4. In Jerusalem, or On Religious Power and Judaism, Moses Mendelssohn argued that
Jews should move to Israel
Judaism is constant with values of the Enlightenment
Judaism was all but dead
Jews should convert to Christianity
Question 5. Which of these thinkers was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States?
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Question 6. Which of the following philosophers was excommunicated from his Jewish community?
Question 7. Gersonides was not
Question 8. A main goal of medieval Jewish thinkers was to reconcile Jewish thought with what philosophy?
Question 9. 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 10. According to E. E. Dessler the best way to understand God is to
Do works of lovingkindness
Work for a Jewish organization
Fast and immerse oneself in Kabbalah