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

Burton L. Mack
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1: Clashing Cultures.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
(a) They are from the fourth century.
(b) They are from the mid first century.
(c) They are from the eighth century.
(d) They are not real.

2. When does Mack claim the books of the New Testament were written?
(a) During the ninth century.
(b) From the end of the second century to the end of the fourth century.
(c) During the life of Jesus.
(d) From the 50s in the first century to the middle of the second century.

3. What does Mack claim is the link that gives the Christian Bible logic and force?
(a) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the New Testament.
(b) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the Catholic Church.
(c) The link between the Protestant Bible and the Apocrypha.
(d) The link between the Jewish temple, and the New Testament.

4. What was the Greek concept of civilization?
(a) The city-state.
(b) The temple-state.
(c) The Church.
(d) The republic.

5. Why does Mack claim the Bible was important by the end of the fourth century?
(a) It gave the Church credentials for a role in Jewish history.
(b) It gave the Church credentials for a role in the history of Israel.
(c) It gave the Church credentials in the eyes of early Christians.
(d) It gave the Church credentials for a role in Constantine's empire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mack claim groups are forming outside the boundaries of religion to study the Bible?

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

3. What did the Greek model of civilization give rise to?

4. What way did ethnic or cultural groups create small social units within the larger culture they found themselves in?

5. What does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?

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