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

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

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

4. How many tribes of Israel were there in Jesus' time?
(a) 20.
(b) 1.
(c) 30.
(d) 12.

5. How long did the Israelites wander the desert after fleeing Egypt?
(a) One year.
(b) 11 months.
(c) 40 days.
(d) 40 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did early Christians believe Jesus' life was a fulfillment of?

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

3. What leadership role was responsible for the day-to-day government of Rome?

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

5. What religion was started after Jesus' resurrection?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sanders say that many of the conflicts Jesus had with the laws in Galilee would be seen today?

2. 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.

3. What prompted Jesus to begin his ministry at around the age of 20?

4. Why wasn't Jesus successful in his attempts to preach in Nazareth?

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

6. What opposing view to Jesus' prediction at the Temple do some people have?

7. How does the author say he will treat this examination of the life of Jesus throughout the book?

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

9. Who wrote the Gospels?

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

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