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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 was the semi-independent ruler of Palestine during the period that Jesus lived?
(a) Josephus.
(b) Pontius Pilate.
(c) Joseph Caiaphas.
(d) Herod Antipas.

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

3. Who wrote the book "Antiquities of the Jews?"
(a) Sanders.
(b) Josephus.
(c) Moses.
(d) Pilate.

4. What do Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill have that Jesus does not?
(a) The ability to teach people.
(b) Historical proof of what they said and did.
(c) No proof of their actions.
(d) A larger following.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Josephus study?

3. At one time, examining the life of Jesus was considered what?

4. What problem with the Gospels makes it hard to determine the date of Jesus' birth?

5. Who represented the Roman Empire in Judea at the time of Jesus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who do historians believed helped take care of the disciples since they no longer worked for a living after they began to follow Jesus?

5. Between what two groups was opposition of the law considered a basis for major conflict?

6. Who wrote the Gospels?

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

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

9. What did Jesus promise to anyone who was willing to make a sacrifice and follow him as a disciple?

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

(see the answer keys)

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