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

E. P. Sanders
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Between what dates do scholars accept that Jesus was crucified?

2. What significant event, which became a Christian ordinance, took place prior to Jesus' execution?

3. Which Gospel tells the happenings in the early part of Jesus' career?

4. Who baptized Jesus?

5. The Gospels are missing characteristics of what type of literature, which makes them problematic?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. What prompted Jesus to begin his ministry at around the age of 20?

8. What opposing view to Jesus' prediction at the Temple do some people have?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain why the date of Jesus' birth is controversial. Why is it so difficult to determine when he was actually born? What are the differing beliefs? What does Sanders seem to accept as the most accurate date? Why?

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

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?

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