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The Tanakh, the Talmud, millennia of rabbinical writings and commentaries: the Jewish scriptural tradition is rich and diverse. Follow the link to our quizzes on the Tanakh, or explore the quizzes here to test your knowledge of Judaism's other holy works.
3 Scripture quizzes and 30 Scripture trivia questions.
  People of the Book   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Jews have been known for centuries as the "People of the Book". This quiz is about some of most important books in Jewish tradition.
Average, 10 Qns, janetgool, Aug 06 22
Aug 06 22
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  Basic Talmud    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Asks basic questions about the Talmud.
Tough, 10 Qns, avromf, Jan 10 16
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  More Talmud    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some more trivia questions on the Talmud. Follows the Basic Talmud quiz. This quiz is a bit harder.
Difficult, 10 Qns, avromf, Feb 19 16
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trivia question Quick Question
The letter 'H'. What is the name of the mountain that is known as the Mountain of God, as per Exodus 3:1?

From Quiz "25 Old Testament Place Names -- 'A' to 'Z'"

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Scripture Trivia Questions

1. The Torah is, without doubt, the single most important text in Judaism. What, precisely, is the Torah?

From Quiz
People of the Book

Answer: The first five books of the Tanach (Old Testament).

The Torah is also referred to as the Five Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, and contains the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Torah scrolls are handwritten on parchment, placed in beautifully decorated covers and kept in the Holy Ark in the synagogue. But to limit the definition of the word "Torah" to the physical scroll would not do justice to the concept of Torah. When a Jew refers to "Torah", he refers to the covenant between the Almighty and the Jewish people, and the system of moral and spiritual laws outlined in the Torah.

2. The rabbis Rav and Shmuel were in charge of Yeshivos (mesivtos or academies) in which two cities?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Sura and Naharda

3. What is a Masechta?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: A tractate of the Talmud.

A tractate can be thought of as a single 'book' of the Talmud, however, in many cases, a single published volume of the Talmud may have several tractates published in it.

4. Where were the cities in which the rabbis Rav and Shmuel taught?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Bavel (Babylonia)

There is a reason why it is called the 'Babylonian' Talmud.

5. What does a 'daf' consist of?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Two sides of a page (folio).

A daf is considered a single sheet of paper, i.e. two sides of a page. It is also called 'blatt' in Yiddish. It is subdivided into side a and b (or Aleph and Bais in Hebrew).

6. Raish Lakish's profession before he became a Talmudic sage was a ....?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Highway robber

Raish Lakish was a robber until he met his future teacher (and brother-in-law) and reformed his ways.

7. Which rabbi does Abbaye most often have a 'machlokes' with?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Rava

The machlokesim between Abbaye and Rava are the most numerous in the Talmud.

8. What does the 'Raish' in 'Raish Lakish' stand for?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Rabbi Shimon

9. What is a 'machlokes', a word that comes from Yiddish?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: A dispute.

10. What is a siddur?

From Quiz People of the Book

Answer: A prayer book.

"Siddur" comes from the word meaning "Order", since prayers are said in a given order. There are many kind of siddurs available - Sephardic and Ashkenazic, - Orthodox, Conservative or Reform. Some siddurim (plural of "siddur") contain prayers for the weekdays and Sabbath, while others contain prayers for the holidays. Prayer books for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are usually called "machzorim" ("machzor" in the singular). Some siddurim are like a miniature Jewish handbook, and contain, in addition to the standard prayers, the wedding and circumcision service and blessings for all types of occasions.

11. The rabbinical students in Pumpedisa were known to engage in 'pilpul'. This exercise was colourfuly described as....

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Pulling an elephant through the eye of a needle

Pilpul is what we would describe in English as 'Hairsplitting', a controversial method of learning.

12. A tractate of the Talmud always starts the first page counting with what Hebrew letter?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Bais

Bais is the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

13. Another name for the sage Abbaye is?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Nachmeni

14. The first tractate in the Talmud is called.... ?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Berachos

15. Abbaye was an orphan adopted by his future teacher who was the sage....?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Rabah

Rava was another student of Rabah and Abbaye's associate. Rabah is spelled with the letter 'hey' at the end, Rava is spelled with an 'Aleph'.

16. How many Sedarim (orders) are there in the Talmud?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: 6

This is why the Talmud is sometimes called 'Shas' which is an acronym for 'Shisa Sedarim' or the six orders (major sections) which the Mishna and Talmud are divided into.

17. What is the "Shulchan Aruch"?

From Quiz People of the Book

Answer: A compilation of Jewish law in abbreviated form.

Rabbi Joseph Caro of Safed, wrote the "Shulchan Aruch" or "Set Table" in the seventeen century. It is a comprehensive guide to Jewish law. Rabbi Caro's intention was to provide accessible answers to day-to-day questions for people who did not have the time or means to consult a rabbi or delve into Talmud. The "Shulchan Arch" is used to this very day. Interestingly, Rabbi Caro also wrote a Kabbalistic text called "Beit Yosef", in addition to the ultra-practical "Shulchan Aruch". Player "Arpeggionist" has added some interesting information. Rabbi Caro collaborated with Rabbi Moshe Isserlis in the writing of the "Shulchan Aruch", a remarkable example of cooperation between an Ashkenazic and a Sephardic rabbi.

18. Who was Raish Lakish's teacher and brother-in-law?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Rabbi Yochanan

19. The commentary that is printed on the inside columns of a Talmud is written by...?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Rashi

Rashi is one of the most famous commentators on both the Talmud and the Bible (especially the Pentateuch) and his commentary is indispensible to understanding the Talmud. He lived in the 11th century.

20. What is read every year at the Passover seder?

From Quiz People of the Book

Answer: The Haggadah.

The "Haggadah" (telling) relates the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Parts of it come directly from the Torah, and others from the Mishnah. It contains songs and prayers, as well as instructions for the person leading the Passover feast, or Seder. Haggadas have been printed in many forms. Some are works of art, and can be found in museum and libraries throughout the world. In modern times, kosher food manufacturers and other Jewish organizations have taken to printing Haggadas and distributing them to customers before the holiday. Some of you may have fond memories of Haggadas distributed by Maxwell House Coffee or Manischewitz Foods. Since the Haggadah is used during a meal, it often becomes soiled by wine or food.

21. In how many cases is the Halacha like Abbaye over Rava?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: 6

There are dozens of disputes between Rava and Abbaye. The Halacha is always like Rava except in 6 cases.

22. There are two Talmuds. What are they?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Bavli and Yerushalmi (Babylonian and Jerusalem)

The more famous and more studied one is the Bavli.

23. What book tells of the mass suicide of Jewish zealots at Masada?

From Quiz People of the Book

Answer: The Wars of the Jews.

"The War of the Jews" is Josephus Flavius' account of the Jewish revolt against Roman role in the year 63-66 C.E. Josephus, a Jew of priestly descent, is one of history's more controversial figures. Mysteriously, he was one of two soldiers to escape the mass suicide of Jewish partisans in Yodvat. Following the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, Josephus went to Rome and received a pension from the Roman government. Though scorned by both Jews and Christians throughout the ages as a traitor, his writings provide a rare look into this turbulent period. His book includes a detailed account of the siege of Masada, where Jewish fighters and their families had found refuge in one of King Herod's palaces near the Dead Sea. Faced with certain defeat by the massed Roman legion beneath them, they committed suicide. Josephus' writings were translated into English in 1732, according to the Wikipedia, and found their place alongside the family Bible in many English homes during the nineteenth century.

24. What city in Eastern Europe was home to a famous printing press of the Talmud, giving us the 'standard' design and layout format that is still used for the Talmud today?

From Quiz More Talmud

Answer: Vilna

Vilna, or Vilnius, is the capital of Lithuania. It used to be known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania for its proliferation of Torah scholars. Not surprisingly, it was also home to famous printing presses.

25. What is the longest tractate (in number of dafim)?

From Quiz Basic Talmud

Answer: Bava Basra

Bava Basra has 176 dafim making it the longest tractate. Also, the longest Torah portion (parsha) in the Torah is Naso, which has 176 verses (pesukim).

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