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

2. What does Mack note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?
(a) They were written by different people of the same group.
(b) They were written by the same person over the course of time.
(c) They were written by one person, posing as different people.
(d) They were written by different people from different groups.

3. What does Paul ask Philemon to do with Onesimus?
(a) Receive him without punishment.
(b) Punish him as God would punish him.
(c) Kill him.
(d) Send him into exile.

4. Which group makes up the fifth of the Jesus Movements?
(a) The Jewish.
(b) The People of Q.
(c) The Pillars in Jerusalem
(d) The disciples of Thomas.

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

6. What did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?
(a) The body.
(b) The soul.
(c) The mind.
(d) The spirit.

7. What role did women play in associations?
(a) Women played the role of caretaker to the association.
(b) Women played no role in associations.
(c) Women served as members, patrons, and leaders.
(d) Women played a role supportive to the men.

8. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?
(a) They were the first to use the word Christ to refer to Jesus.
(b) They were the first to create a hymn to Jesus.
(c) They were the first to mention the resurrection.
(d) They called themselves Christians.

9. What concept was important to the Jewish temple-state, the Greek polis, and the Roman system of government?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Divinity.
(c) Politics.
(d) Law.

10. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?
(a) The Egyptian scriptures.
(b) Greek mythology.
(c) The Jewish scriptures.
(d) Roman myth.

11. What does Paul assure the Thessalonians in terms of "those who had died"?
(a) That those who died with God will live with God.
(b) That those who died before Christ could still be saved.
(c) That those who died with God will never die.
(d) That those who died in sin would not be with God after death.

12. What does Mack claim is the reason for the many portrayals of Jesus?
(a) Different groups developed his image to support their movement.
(b) Different groups saw him differently, based on his age.
(c) There is no difference in the portrayals of Jesus.
(d) Different people changed the true description for political gain.

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

14. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Put the two together in brotherhood.
(c) Set Jews in opposition to Christians.
(d) Made the two into one religion.

15. What is the Jewish story of the persecuted sage also called?
(a) Story of the wisdom's child.
(b) Story of the Maccabee.
(c) Story of the Cynics.
(d) Story of the resurrection.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the temple-state model of civilization, what system does the king represent?

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

3. What notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?

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

5. What happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?

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