The Historical Figure of Jesus Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

E. P. Sanders
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What area do the histories written by Roman authors mainly cover?
(a) Jerusalem.
(b) Israel.
(c) Rome proper.
(d) Galilee.

2. What is difficult to determine with accuracy from ancient times?
(a) The names of the people in government.
(b) The existence of Pilate.
(c) Dates.
(d) The place where Jesus worked.

3. Who baptized Jesus?
(a) Mary.
(b) Joseph.
(c) No one.
(d) John the Baptist.

4. What does C.E. stand for?
(a) Christian Evolution.
(b) Common Era.
(c) Christ's Era.
(d) Common Epiphany.

5. There is no evidence that the disciples did what after joining Jesus?
(a) Travelled with him.
(b) Worked.
(c) Spread Jesus' teachings.
(d) Ate the Last Supper with him.

6. What was Jesus able to do that John the Baptist could not?
(a) Teach people.
(b) Preach.
(c) Heal the sick.
(d) Baptize people.

7. What problem with the Gospels makes it hard to determine the date of Jesus' birth?
(a) They have been revised to hide the date.
(b) They are difficult to read.
(c) They are often in conflict with each other.
(d) They don't talk about Jesus' birth.

8. Who wrote the Gospels?
(a) They were written anonymously.
(b) Jesus.
(c) Matthew.
(d) The apostles.

9. According to Sanders, through what context do many people see Jesus?
(a) As a mythical being.
(b) Fictional.
(c) As a government leader.
(d) Theology and salvation.

10. What significant event, which became a Christian ordinance, took place prior to Jesus' execution?
(a) The resurrection.
(b) The Last Supper.
(c) The conflict at the Temple.
(d) The first worship service.

11. The author indicates that Jesus was born around the time of whose death?
(a) Herod the Great.
(b) Josephus.
(c) Pilate.
(d) John the Baptist.

12. What leadership role was responsible for the day-to-day government of Rome?
(a) The dictator.
(b) The governor.
(c) The prefect.
(d) The high priest in Jerusalem.

13. Who had a large influence on Jesus' life and ministry?
(a) Josephus.
(b) Mary.
(c) Paul.
(d) John the Baptist.

14. Who revised the book "Antiquities of the Jews" and may have changed the text of the book?
(a) Matthew.
(b) It has not been revised.
(c) Christian scribes.
(d) Jesus.

15. What aspects of Jesus' life does the author claim he will attempt to explain?
(a) His birth.
(b) His relationships, history, and teachings.
(c) His early childhood only.
(d) His Parables.

Short Answer Questions

1. When is Jesus' birthday traditionally celebrated?

2. What season does the author indicate he believes Jesus was born during?

3. Who was the high priest of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus?

4. When did people begin to examine the history of Jesus?

5. What mention of the crucifixion of Jesus is contained in the Roman archives?

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