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

2. Whose historical writings are hard to reconcile with the Gospels?
(a) Moses'.
(b) Pilate's.
(c) Josephus'.
(d) Jesus'.

3. The Gospels are missing characteristics of what type of literature, which makes them problematic?
(a) Histories.
(b) Non-Fiction.
(c) Biographies.
(d) Fiction.

4. Who was the high priest of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus?
(a) Pontius Pilate.
(b) Herod Antipas.
(c) Joseph Caiaphas.
(d) Judas Iscariot.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the result of Jesus' attempt to preach in Nazareth?

3. Who had a large influence on Jesus' life and ministry?

4. The author says that that Jesus cannot be considered a historical figure because of the non-existence of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, in addition to examining the history of the Christian church, what else does Sanders say he will examine about the Christian church.

2. What information does Sanders say a historian must take into consideration when constructing a history?

3. When Pilate was first asked to execute Jesus, why did he refuse?

4. What is a legendary figure?

5. What changed about the way the Jews worshiped at around the same time that Jesus began his ministry?

6. What reason did Jesus give for overturning the tables at the Temple?

7. According to the Gospel of Luke, what did some of the disciples do for some time before recognizing Jesus following the resurrection?

8. What did Jesus tell the apostles they would one day rule over?

9. Why is it almost impossible to determine the dates of events that occurred in the ancient world?

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

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