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

E. P. Sanders
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. About how old was Jesus when he was baptized?

2. Around what year did Jesus travel to Jerusalem and initiate a conflict?

3. What years was the revolt that broke out in Palestine, which may have destroyed any records about Jesus?

4. What does B.C. stand for?

5. What must a historian weigh?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Once the Jews had changed their way of worshiping at around the time Jesus began his ministry, how did Satan's role change?

3. In "Miracles," Sanders poses two views of Jesus' ability to perform miracles. What are the two views?

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

5. What information do the Roman archives contain about Jesus' crucifixion?

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

7. What structures did archeologists find that dated back to 70 C.E., thus alleviating some of the controversy about where Jesus taught?

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

9. Why do historians believe that Jesus was born between 5-7 B.C.E.?

10. According to external sources written in the first century, what was Jesus considered to be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was the political structure at the time of Jesus' life? What role did religion play in the leadership? How did politics affect Jesus and the events of his life?

Essay Topic 2

How did Jesus go about his ministry? What methods did he use to spread his message? How did he teach? What significance is there in the location Jesus chose to work in?

Essay Topic 3

What are the two common views of Jesus' ability to perform miracles? How do the Gospels treat Jesus' miracles? What does this suggest about Jesus' career?

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