Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Dominic Crossan
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following did Jesus not see as an oppressing force?

2. How does Matthew say Joseph responded to hearing that his wife was pregnant?

3. Which of the following did Jesus see as something that oppressed people?

4. Which of Jesus' ideas does the author call profoundly radical?

5. What did Jesus teach that heaven was not?

Short Essay Questions

1. What influence does the author say he hopes his book has on Christian research?

2. What does the author think Jesus meant by "focus not just on personal or individual abuse of power but on such abuse in its systemic [form]."?

3. Why does the author state there is a need to search for the historical Jesus?

4. What did Jesus say to the author in an imaginary dialogue the author wrote as part of an article?

5. What is the Q Gospel?

6. In One Like a Son of Man what does the author say the original biblical text suggested was a key component of Jesus' teachings?

7. What did ancient society believe about children that were not accepted by their father?

8. What does the author say are his intentions in this book?

9. What does the author say Jesus' parable about mustard seeds implicate?

10. What do the quotes at the beginning of the section comment on?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author claim the bible's depiction of Jesus' crucifixion is historically inaccurate? What does the author think are the reasons for these inaccuracies?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following historical figures in Crossan's book and discuss how Crossan represents them in the book and why he represents that person in that manner? Are there people who would argue against Crossan's representation of that person's life?

1. Jesus Christ.

2. John the Baptist.

3. James the Just.

4. Herod Antipas.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following stories from the New Testament and discuss in which ways they could be said to be either metaphorical or based on myth.

1. Walking on Water.

2. The fish and loaves.

3. The resurrection.

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