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. What is the English translation of the German word quelle?

2. Who was the first emperor of the Roman empire?

3. Complete the following title: "The Apocalyptic..."

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

5. In which river did John baptize Jesus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Q Gospel?

3. What does the author say compounds the core problem of the different interpretations of Jesus' life?

4. Why does the author think that people have interpreted Jesus as being as messianic and apocalyptic as John the Baptist?

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

6. How does the author think the Old Testament was important in the writing of the New Testament?

7. What does the author think Jesus meant by poor?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the four gospels.

1. What are the similarities and differences between the four gospels?

2. In what way could the four gospels be said to contradict one another?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author think the gospels used myth New Testament? What are the arguments for and against the gospels use of myth?

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