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

2. The author describes the account of Jesus' life in this book as what?
(a) A mix of fact and fiction.
(b) Purely fictional.
(c) Speculative.
(d) Purely historical.

3. At one time, examining the life of Jesus was considered what?
(a) A sure way to Heaven.
(b) Unimportant.
(c) Mandatory.
(d) Sacrilegious.

4. Around what year does the author believe Jesus was born?
(a) 1 B.C.E.
(b) 5 B.C.E.
(c) 1 C.E.
(d) 15 B.C.E.

5. What religion was started after Jesus' resurrection?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Hinduism.
(c) Judaism.
(d) Buddhism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What area do the histories written by Roman authors mainly cover?

2. Before becoming monotheists, whom did the Jews believe was the right hand of God?

3. There is no evidence that the disciples did what after joining Jesus?

4. How many tribes of Israel were there in Jesus' time?

5. What structure do many historians claim there were none of in Palestine during Jesus' life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the term Messiah mean in ancient times?

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

4. What act symbolized the new covenant?

5. In Chapter 14, what does Sanders say the historical proof suggests about Jesus in comparison to John the Baptist?

6. Why weren't the disciples with the women when they rolled the stone away from Jesus' tomb?

7. What does Sanders say Jesus' small following did in comparison to other movements throughout history?

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

9. What does Sanders believe about any proof of Jesus giving himself a title?

10. What two points does Sanders say are made clear about the Kingdom of God?

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