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 years was the revolt that broke out in Palestine, which may have destroyed any records about Jesus?

2. What date do the Gospels claim the crucifixion took place on?

3. Who was the semi-independent ruler of Palestine during the period that Jesus lived?

4. Where in Jerusalem did Jesus start a disturbance?

5. What was Jesus able to do that John the Baptist could not?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Jesus tell his followers they would have to do in order to know the Kingdom of Heaven?

4. How were the Gospels initially passed down to early Christians?

5. What is a legendary figure?

6. Once the Jews had changed their way of worshiping at around the time Jesus began his ministry, how did Satan's role change?

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

8. What does the Gospel of Mark point out that Jesus could have done through his ability to heal the sick?

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

10. Who do historians believed helped take care of the disciples since they no longer worked for a living after they began to follow Jesus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How did Jesus go about his ministry? What methods did he use to spread his message? How did he teach? What significance is there in the location Jesus chose to work in?

Essay Topic 3

What are the two common views of Jesus' ability to perform miracles? How do the Gospels treat Jesus' miracles? What does this suggest about Jesus' career?

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