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. How long did Jesus fast in the desert?

2. Who had a large influence on Jesus' life and ministry?

3. Who revised the book "Antiquities of the Jews" and may have changed the text of the book?

4. The author states that, unlike figures such as Thomas Jefferson or Winston Churchill, what are the people in this book considered to be?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What two points does Sanders say are made clear about the Kingdom of God?

2. What reason did Jesus give for overturning the tables at the Temple?

3. In Chapter 12, what does Sanders say was a large focus of Jesus' work?

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

5. In Chapter 14, what does Sanders say the historical proof suggests about Jesus in comparison to John the Baptist?

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

7. What is a legendary figure?

8. Why do biblical scholars say that Jesus' conversation with the apostles concerning a promise to the disciples for a place in Heaven could not have taken place after the crucifixion?

9. What does Sanders believe about any proof of Jesus giving himself a title?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is history and how does E.P. Sanders treat the information presented in this book in terms of its historical merit? Why does he consider Jesus a legendary figure and not a historical one?

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