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. What does C.E. stand for?

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

3. According to Sanders, through what context do many people see Jesus?

4. Which Gospel conflicts with the others in its account of the crucifixion?

5. What did Josephus study?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sanders conclude about what we know about Jesus?

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

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

4. What speculation does Sanders make about why the majority of the scriptures cater to the Gentiles rather than the Jews?

5. Why is it almost impossible to determine the dates of events that occurred in the ancient world?

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

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

8. Whose tables did Jesus overturn at the Temple?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a "reversal of values" in terms of Jesus' ministry? What does the phrase mean and how is it seen in Jesus' teachings? What method does Jesus use to illustrate this theme and how does he use them? Please give specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

What qualifies E.P. Sanders to write a book such as this? What is his educational background? What experience does he have in the subject manner? Why is he considered an expert?

Essay Topic 3

What is significant about what is written about Jesus in external sources? Does he play prominently in other sources? Why? Do these external sources help or hinder historians in determining what Jesus' life was like?

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