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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 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.

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

3. Why does Mack claim that the Jesus cult succeeded?
(a) People liked the idea of God.
(b) People liked the idea of a kingdom.
(c) People liked the idea of a martyr.
(d) People liked the idea of freedom.

4. Why does Mack state that people become silent when confronted with Biblical information?
(a) There is little public knowledge about the Bible.
(b) There is too much public knowledge about the Bible.
(c) People are afraid to be incorrect in their interpretations of the Bible.
(d) People have too much time invested in the study of the Bible.

5. What were some artifacts that helped preserve one's culture?
(a) Language and writing.
(b) Temples and cities.
(c) Books, statues, and symbols.
(d) Gestures and behaviors.

6. Which of the layers of Q is least embellished?
(a) The second.
(b) The fifth.
(c) The first.
(d) The third.

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

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

9. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?
(a) The myth of the resurrection.
(b) Stories of the disciples.
(c) The sayings of Jesus.
(d) Stories of creation.

10. What three figures did Paul bring together to combat the concept that the divine spirit was all that mattered?
(a) The mind, body, and soul.
(b) The heart, mind, and soul.
(c) The individual, Christ, and God.
(d) The individual, Christ, and the congregation.

11. Where was Jesus from?
(a) Israel.
(b) Italy.
(c) Greece.
(d) Galilee.

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

13. What does the term Judeo-Christian mean?
(a) Local tradition.
(b) Biblical tradition.
(c) Temple tradition.
(d) Common tradition.

14. What became the sign of belonging to the new fellowship that became the Christ cult?
(a) Praying together.
(b) Eating together.
(c) Singing together.
(d) Fighting together.

15. When did Jesus Movements start in Galilee?
(a) At the end of the last century, B.C.E.
(b) In the late first century.
(c) During the 30s of the first century.
(d) During the 20s of the second century.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why does Mack believe the stories in the New Testament were chosen to be included?

4. What does Mack claim is the purpose of the Miracle Stories of Mark?

5. What role did women play in associations?

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