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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. Why does Mack claim Columbus studied the Bible?
(a) To plan his voyages.
(b) To strengthen his faith.
(c) To teach the natives of Jesus.
(d) To teach his men of its teachings.

2. What does Mack say the Christ cult laid the foundation for?
(a) A Roman-Christian war.
(b) A distinctly Christian mentality.
(c) The Church.
(d) A battle between the Christ cult and the Jesus movements.

3. What is an epic according to Mack?
(a) A look at the past to discover previous laws.
(b) A hope for a brighter future.
(c) A rehearsal of the past that puts the present in its light.
(d) An examination of the past to reveal public policy.

4. What does the term "Christ" imply?
(a) That Jesus was the son of God.
(b) That Jesus was approved by God.
(c) That Jesus was mortal.
(d) That Jesus was God.

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) Adhere to the Jewish purity codes.
(c) Disobey Jewish purity codes.
(d) Believe in the creation myth.

6. What did the Greek model of civilization give rise to?
(a) Altruism.
(b) Social stratification.
(c) Satanism.
(d) Democracy.

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

8. What are the two activities Mack gives credit to in terms of the creation of Christian beliefs?
(a) Apocalyptic preaching and fantasy.
(b) Social formation and mythmaking.
(c) Social conflict and experimentation.
(d) Social disintegration and intellectual stimulus.

9. 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 Constantine's empire.
(c) It gave the Church credentials for a role in the history of Israel.
(d) It gave the Church credentials in the eyes of early Christians.

10. Where did the Jesus movement begin their change to the Christ cult?
(a) Southern Syria.
(b) Western Syria.
(c) Northern Syria.
(d) Eastern Syria.

11. What does Mack compare the Pronouncement Stories to in Chapter 2?
(a) The stories of the Romans.
(b) The stories of the Egyptians.
(c) The stories of the Cynics.
(d) The stories of the intellectuals.

12. What does Mack note is mythmaking on a cosmic scale, in terms of the Christ hymn in Philippians 2:6-11?
(a) The reference to Jesus as son of God.
(b) The reference to Jesus as lord.
(c) The reference to Jesus as a martyr.
(d) The concept of Jesus as a religious leader.

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

14. What does Mack claim about the Book of Isaiah?
(a) It was used as a source for the imagery in the Christ hymn.
(b) It was the same as the information in the Christ hymn.
(c) It did not exist.
(d) It was not used as a source for the imagery in the Christ hymn.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack claim happens when a person brings in a Biblical position to an argument of social discussion?

2. What problem did Paul define as the human problem?

3. Why does Mack claim that the Jesus cult succeeded?

4. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?

5. What does Mack claim the Christ hymn was the result of?

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