Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

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

3. 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 for different reasons.
(c) He wrote the Romans to ask for funding.
(d) The letter was not written by Paul.

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

5. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?
(a) It was not accepted by any culture.
(b) It was accepted by one culture, and rejected by another.
(c) It was accepted by all cultures.
(d) It was unheard of in any culture.

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

7. What was the Greek concept of civilization?
(a) The temple-state.
(b) The Church.
(c) The republic.
(d) The city-state.

8. What do the pillars in the Jerusalem group do that other Jesus movements do not?
(a) Adhere to the Jewish purity codes.
(b) Believe in the creation myth.
(c) Believe in the concept of Jesus as a god.
(d) Disobey Jewish purity codes.

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

10. 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 all people.
(d) It encompassed only the Jews.

11. 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 impossible.
(d) It is imaginary.

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

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

14. 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.

15. What was Paul's view on circumcision for the Gentiles?
(a) Paul never answered the question of circumcision.
(b) Paul let the pillars of Jerusalem answer the question of circumcision.
(c) Paul felt the Gentiles should be circumcised.
(d) Paul felt there was no need to circumcise the Gentiles.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mack claim groups are forming outside the boundaries of religion to study the Bible?

2. When would eternal life be obtained, according the Mack's depiction of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians?

3. What does Mack claim about the various groups that formed in the schools of Jesus?

4. What did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?

5. What did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?

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