Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Burton L. Mack
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Prologue: The Mystique of Sacred Scripture

* Burton Mack outlines his intent to look at the New Testament as a collection of documents created by different people at different times for distinct reasons.

* Mack notes that the tendency to find hidden messages in the Bible stems from a lack of understanding, and hinders the true value of the documents.

* Mack points out that he plans to show how the myth of Jesus was developed and why, as well as examining the role of the Bible in American culture.

Chapter 1: Clashing Cultures

* The first century was a time of cultural conflict and uncertainty, as the idea of the Greek city-state conflicted with the Jewish concept of the temple-state, and although Roman rule provided political stability, it could not provide cultural direction.

* People formed associations and clubs to maintain their own cultural identity while merging in with new cultural concepts.

* In...

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