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 are the two activities Mack gives credit to in terms of the creation of Christian beliefs?
(a) Social formation and mythmaking.
(b) Social conflict and experimentation.
(c) Apocalyptic preaching and fantasy.
(d) Social disintegration and intellectual stimulus.

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

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

4. What two realms did the Corinthians combine?
(a) The Christ myth and Jewish belief.
(b) Greek philosophy and Jewish belief.
(c) Greek philosophy and the Christ myth.
(d) Jewish belief and Greek myth.

5. What did early people think their society was based on?
(a) The model of the universe.
(b) The model of the Church.
(c) The model of the Jewish state.
(d) The model of the gods.

6. 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 extravagant displays of spiritual behavior.
(d) The congregation became a place for worship of other deities.

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

8. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?
(a) Epic mythmaking.
(b) Epic authorship.
(c) Epic tradition.
(d) Epic revision.

9. What feature of the Christ cult does Mack claim Paul found irresistible?
(a) The concept of a social group of only the lower class.
(b) The concept of a group dedicated to Jesus and the Jewish codes of cleanliness.
(c) The concept of a social group with mixed ethnicity and social status.
(d) The concept of an unmixed social group.

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

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

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

13. How many layers of the Gospel Q exist?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Two.

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

15. Why did Paul tone down his views of the freedom of Christians?
(a) He was reverting back to his Jewish roots.
(b) He was told by God to tame the behaviors of man.
(c) He wanted to tie down Christians to make them more holy.
(d) He did not want a repeat of the out of control behaviors at Corinth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What way did ethnic or cultural groups create small social units within the larger culture they found themselves in?

2. What does Mack claim is the reason for the many portrayals of Jesus?

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

4. What concept was important to the Jewish temple-state, the Greek polis, and the Roman system of government?

5. Who were the super apostles at Corinth?

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