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

2. What feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?
(a) The leaders' political ambitions are known.
(b) The leaders' home states are known.
(c) The leaders' religions are known.
(d) The leaders' names are known.

3. Why does Mack claim Columbus studied the Bible?
(a) To teach his men of its teachings.
(b) To teach the natives of Jesus.
(c) To plan his voyages.
(d) To strengthen his faith.

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

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

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

7. What was contained in the "Jefferson Bible"?
(a) Only the sections prior to the New Testament.
(b) Only the creation myths.
(c) Only the teachings of Jesus.
(d) Only the Books of the Prophets.

8. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?
(a) Put the two together in brotherhood.
(b) Set Jews in opposition to Christians.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Made the two into one religion.

9. What is the Jewish story of the persecuted sage also called?
(a) Story of the resurrection.
(b) Story of the wisdom's child.
(c) Story of the Cynics.
(d) Story of the Maccabee.

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

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

12. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?
(a) Paul himself.
(b) God.
(c) Matthew.
(d) Jesus.

13. Which of the layers of Q is least embellished?
(a) The first.
(b) The third.
(c) The fifth.
(d) The second.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?

2. What two notions was Paul caught between in the question of what to do with those already dead?

3. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?

4. What are sophists?

5. Where did the Jesus movement begin their change to the Christ cult?

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