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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 priest represent?
(a) Purity.
(b) Logic.
(c) Power.
(d) Salvation.

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

3. 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 New Testament is true.
(c) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is a collection of myths.
(d) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Church is infallible.

4. 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 in sin would not be with God after death.
(c) That those who died with God will live with God.
(d) That those who died before Christ could still be saved.

5. What is featured in the Gospel of Thomas that is missing in the Book of Q?
(a) References to the disciples.
(b) References to God.
(c) References to the resurrection.
(d) References to creation.

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

7. How did the Christ cult differ form the Jesus movement?
(a) It focused on Jesus' life and his teachings.
(b) It focused on Jesus' life and celebrated his spirit.
(c) It focused on Jesus' death and celebrated his spirit.
(d) It focused on Jesus' death and his teachings.

8. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?
(a) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to take over all of the the Mediterranean.
(b) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to exile gentiles from Israel.
(c) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to explained the borders of Israel to include gentiles.
(d) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to circumcise the gentiles in Israel.

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

10. 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 historical.
(c) It is imaginary.
(d) It is impossible.

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

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

13. Why does Mack believe the stories in the New Testament were chosen to be included?
(a) They are the most interesting.
(b) They are the only stories found of the time of Jesus.
(c) They produce a history that seems cohesive.
(d) They are believed to be written by the prophets.

14. 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 people changed the true description for political gain.
(c) There is no difference in the portrayals of Jesus.
(d) Different groups saw him differently, based on his age.

15. What does Mack claim is the link that gives the Christian Bible logic and force?
(a) The link between the Jewish temple, and the New Testament.
(b) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the New Testament.
(c) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the Catholic Church.
(d) The link between the Protestant Bible and the Apocrypha.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?

2. What two Gods from different cultures were seen to be the same?

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

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

5. What happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?

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