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 many others were executed with Jesus?

2. What rural area did Jesus begin teaching in?

3. Who wrote the Gospels?

4. What area do the histories written by Roman authors mainly cover?

5. How long did the Israelites wander the desert after fleeing Egypt?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. What act symbolized the new covenant?

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

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. Why was it important for government leaders to be knowledgeable of divine law?

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

9. What prediction do some people believe Jesus made at the Temple?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What impact did John the Baptist have on Jesus' life and his ministry? What events in Jesus' life was John involved in? What was John like in comparison to Jesus?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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