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

2. What happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?
(a) The congregation became a place for lies and treachery.
(b) The congregation became a place for criminals.
(c) The congregation became a place for worship of other deities.
(d) The congregation became a place for extravagant displays of spiritual behavior.

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

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

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

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. When would eternal life be obtained, according the Mack's depiction of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians?
(a) Never.
(b) In death.
(c) At the end of time.
(d) In accepting Christ.

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

9. What does Mack claim about the authors of the sections in the New Testament?
(a) They were descendants of Jesus.
(b) They are not the people each section is attributed to.
(c) They are the people each section is attributed to.
(d) They were uneducated militants, rebelling against the Church.

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

11. 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 concept of Jesus as a religious leader.
(c) The reference to Jesus as lord.
(d) The reference to Jesus as a martyr.

12. Who were the super apostles at Corinth?
(a) The Pillars of Jerusalem.
(b) Hebrews and Israelites.
(c) Disciples of Paul.
(d) Jews and Protestants.

13. What did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?
(a) The spirit.
(b) The mind.
(c) The body.
(d) The soul.

14. What does the passage in Romans 3:21-26 say about why Jesus' death was effective?
(a) Because he was faithful.
(b) Because he was a sinner.
(c) Because he was the son of God.
(d) Because he was justified.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?

3. What does Paul assure the Thessalonians in terms of "those who had died"?

4. What feature of the Christ cult does Mack claim Paul found irresistible?

5. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?

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