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Which Judean Philosophy Matches You?

The historian Flavius Josephus wrote of the different Judean "philosophies" of first-century CE Jews prior to the First Great Jewish-Roman War. For students of this era this quiz will help you recognize which group would have aligned closest to your beliefs.

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  1. Do you see yourself as elite, popular among common people, an outsider, or a fighter?

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    Elite
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    Popular
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    Outsider
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    Fighter
  2. Do you believe in life after death?

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    Yes, strongly, with specific expectations!
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    Yes, with vague expectations.
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    Who cares! We live for today!
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    No.
  3. Do you believe in a future resurrection of the dead?

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    Yes!
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    I believe in a spiritual existence.
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    My goal is to avoid death.
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    No.
  4. Are you an expert student of the Bible?

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    Yes! All of it.
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    Yes, but specific parts only.
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    Religious deeds matter more than knowing texts.
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    I'm too busy for that!
  5. Do humans have free will or are we guided by fate?

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    We're utterly free!
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    Reality is that both are mysteriously true.
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    Everything is predetermined by fate.
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    Who cares? Live, don't ask questions!
  6. Do you believe in spirit? angels?

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    Yes!
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    Also yes, so remain holy.
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    This question isn't practical.
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    No,
  7. Is ritual important?

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    It's a life-style!
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    It's important.
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    It has value.
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    We've got more important things to debate right now!
  8. If your home town, state, or country was occupied by a foreign power, what would you do?

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    Make the best of it by cooperating.
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    Play a smart, political, semi-subversive game with them.
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    I would retreat to a private life of personal piety.
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    Of course we must fight! Now!
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