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The Historical Figure of Jesus Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

E. P. Sanders
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Between what dates do scholars accept that Jesus was crucified?



2. What significant event, which became a Christian ordinance, took place prior to Jesus' execution?



3. Which Gospel tells the happenings in the early part of Jesus' career?



4. Who baptized Jesus?



5. The Gospels are missing characteristics of what type of literature, which makes them problematic?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. Why did Pilate finally decide to have Jesus executed?



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



4. What does Sanders say God calls His people to do in terms of ethical perfectionism?



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



6. What does the fact that the Gospel of Mark focuses on detailing Jesus' miracles while the Gospels of Matthew and Luke focus on Jesus' teachings say about those two aspects of Jesus' life?



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



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



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



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



Essay Topics

What role in Jesus' ministry and life did the disciples play? Who were they and how did Jesus call them? What was their function in terms of Jesus' work?

Why is Jesus' claim to be the Son of God problematic? What images of Jesus does the claim produce? What does the term Messiah mean now and what did it mean in Jesus' time? Why was the term acceptable to Jesus?

What is meant by the "Kingdom of God?" Why is it difficult to come up with a definite definition of this phrase? What does Sanders say are the two things that are known for certain about the Kingdom?

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