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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 does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?
(a) An alternative to simple death.
(b) An alternative to purgatory.
(c) An alternative to the current society.
(d) An alternative to hell.

2. 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 Constantine's empire.
(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 Jewish history.

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

4. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?
(a) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Old Testament is true.
(b) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Church is infallible.
(c) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is true.
(d) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is a collection of myths.

5. Where did Rome place its power in the second and first centuries?
(a) In its laborers.
(b) In its priests.
(c) In its politicians.
(d) In its field commanders.

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

7. What two words came to represent the debate between power and the divine law of nature?
(a) Priests and rulers.
(b) Nature and tyrants.
(c) King and tyrant.
(d) Power and nature.

8. Why is Paul's' letter to the Romans different from his other letters?
(a) The letter was written in anger.
(b) He wrote the Romans to ask for funding.
(c) The letter was not written by Paul.
(d) He wrote the Romans for different reasons.

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

10. What does Mack claim about the various groups that formed in the schools of Jesus?
(a) They were experimental.
(b) They were dangerous.
(c) They were disciples of Jesus.
(d) They were sent by God.

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

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

13. 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 faith and the Greek concept of religion.
(c) The Jewish concept of purity and the Greek concept of divinity.
(d) The Jewish notion of resurrection and the Greek concept of immortality.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does evidence for the Christ cult come from?

2. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?

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

4. What did early people think their society was based on?

5. What does Mack note the Corinthians are the first example of?

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