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E. P. Sanders
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. About which fact of Jesus' life is there no conflict?
(a) The place where Jesus lived.
(b) Jesus' date of death.
(c) Jesus' date of birth.
(d) Jesus' conflict in the Temple.

3. What must a historian weigh?
(a) Oral traditions.
(b) The way his work will be received by the public.
(c) Only the facts.
(d) Facts, news stories, and rumors.

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

5. What did Josephus study?
(a) History and biblical law.
(b) Astronomy.
(c) Palestinian ceremonies.
(d) The culture of Israel.

Short Answer Questions

1. Around what year did Jesus travel to Jerusalem and initiate a conflict?

2. What is difficult to determine with accuracy from ancient times?

3. Around what year does the author believe Jesus was born?

4. What aspects of Jesus' life does the author claim he will attempt to explain?

5. What is the main problem historians have with the calendars used by the ancients?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why wasn't Jesus convicted after the scene at the Temple?

2. What kind of ruler does Sanders say Antipas was in comparison to his father, Herod the Great?

3. Why is Jesus' date of birth considered controversial?

4. What did Jesus' claim to be the Son of God make him appear to be to his critics?

5. How were the Gospels initially passed down to early Christians?

6. In "Miracles," Sanders poses two views of Jesus' ability to perform miracles. What are the two views?

7. Why was anyone who opposed the law seen as a heretic or blasphemer in Jesus' time?

8. How does the story of the Prodigal Son illustrate a reversal of values?

9. What areas did the scholar Josephus study?

10. Why was it important for government leaders to be knowledgeable of divine law?

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