Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Burton L. Mack
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7: Visions of the Cosmic Lord.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two notions was Paul caught between in the question of what to do with those already dead?
(a) The Jewish notion of faith and the Greek concept of religion.
(b) The Jewish notion of the spirit and the Greek concept of the body.
(c) The Jewish concept of purity and the Greek concept of divinity.
(d) The Jewish notion of resurrection and the Greek concept of immortality.

2. What was the Stoic recommendation for personal virtue?
(a) That man could learn what was naturally right.
(b) That man could only pretend to know what was naturally right.
(c) That man should avoid what was naturally right.
(d) That man could never learn what was naturally right.

3. What was Paul's first argument against the idea that Christians should practice Jewish law?
(a) That the Jewish were unreasonable in their laws.
(b) That he has already won his position with the pillars of Jerusalem.
(c) That the Christians were immune to the law of Jewish tradition.
(d) That the Christians were Jesus' children.

4. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?
(a) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to explained the borders of Israel to include gentiles.
(b) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to take over all of the the Mediterranean.
(c) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to circumcise the gentiles in Israel.
(d) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to exile gentiles from Israel.

5. What do the pillars in the Jerusalem group do that other Jesus movements do not?
(a) Believe in the concept of Jesus as a god.
(b) Believe in the creation myth.
(c) Adhere to the Jewish purity codes.
(d) Disobey Jewish purity codes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?

2. What does Mack believe the figure of Jesus became with the Pronouncement Stories?

3. What feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?

4. What role did women play in associations?

5. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?

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