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Burton L. Mack
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the temple-state model of civilization, what system does the king represent?
(a) Salvation.
(b) Purity.
(c) Logic.
(d) Power.

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

3. What does Mack note the Corinthians are the first example of?
(a) A Hellenistic, urban congregation.
(b) A congregation of Jews.
(c) A congregation of Paul's disciples.
(d) A congregation gone awry.

4. Why does Mack claim groups are forming outside the boundaries of religion to study the Bible?
(a) They hope to find solutions to political issues.
(b) They hope to discover fundamental truths from the past.
(c) They hope to find their faith.
(d) They hope to find salvation.

5. What does Mack suggest the taking up of residence in Jerusalem signifies for the group?
(a) A religious agenda.
(b) A loyalty to the Pharisee.
(c) A political agenda.
(d) A disrespect for Jewish tradition.

6. What is a Christ hymn?
(a) A song specifically geared toward Jesus.
(b) A genre of poetry to the angels.
(c) A genre of praise poetry.
(d) A song specifically geared toward God.

7. What happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?
(a) The congregation became a place for lies and treachery.
(b) The congregation became a place for criminals.
(c) The congregation became a place for extravagant displays of spiritual behavior.
(d) The congregation became a place for worship of other deities.

8. What does Mack claim the Jews had done since the time of David and Solomon?
(a) Revised their epic history.
(b) Participated in social change.
(c) Lied about their origins to gain social standing.
(d) Recounted their original epic history to retain truth.

9. What does Mack claim about the image of Christ asking his disciples to eat and drink of him?
(a) It is imaginary.
(b) It is literary.
(c) It is historical.
(d) It is impossible.

10. What two systems helped define the temple-state?
(a) Power and cruelty.
(b) Power and purity.
(c) Purity and salvation.
(d) Salvation and logic.

11. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?
(a) People require it for their faith.
(b) It is highly important to religious institutions.
(c) It is important to our politicians.
(d) It is the only book of God.

12. What problem did Paul define as the human problem?
(a) Pride.
(b) Greed.
(c) The power of sin.
(d) The power of false idols.

13. What did the Christ hymn imply about the domain of Jesus?
(a) It encompassed only the Jews.
(b) It encompassed all people.
(c) It diminished in size.
(d) It encompassed only the gentiles.

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

15. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?
(a) It was accepted by all cultures.
(b) It was accepted by one culture, and rejected by another.
(c) It was not accepted by any culture.
(d) It was unheard of in any culture.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?

2. What were some artifacts that helped preserve one's culture?

3. Why does Mack claim the Bible was important by the end of the fourth century?

4. What did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?

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

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