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. The author says that that Jesus cannot be considered a historical figure because of the non-existence of what?

2. What does A.D. stand for?

3. What did the disciples continue to do after the resurrection?

4. What must a historian weigh?

5. How many tribes of Israel were there in Jesus' time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who wrote the Gospels?

2. What is a legendary figure?

3. What did Jesus tell his disciples their return would be for sacrificing everything and following him?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. What did the term Messiah mean in ancient times?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the Gentiles treated differently from the Jews in the scriptures? Why does Sanders think this may be? What does it reveal about Jesus' ministry?

Essay Topic 2

What are the two contexts Sanders examines Jesus' life in? Describe both and discuss what role each of them plays in constructing a history of Jesus.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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