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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 does Mack believe the figure of Jesus became with the Pronouncement Stories?
(a) A teacher.
(b) A mystic.
(c) A martyr.
(d) Interpreter of the law.

2. Why does Mack claim groups are forming outside the boundaries of religion to study the Bible?
(a) They hope to discover fundamental truths from the past.
(b) They hope to find salvation.
(c) They hope to find solutions to political issues.
(d) They hope to find their faith.

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

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

5. What does Mack claim the Christ hymn was the result of?
(a) A vision of Paul.
(b) A conflict of authority.
(c) A burning desire for a personal Deity.
(d) A lie by the disciples.

6. What does Mack suggest the taking up of residence in Jerusalem signifies for the group?
(a) A disrespect for Jewish tradition.
(b) A loyalty to the Pharisee.
(c) A religious agenda.
(d) A political agenda.

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

8. In the temple-state model of civilization, what system does the priest represent?
(a) Salvation.
(b) Power.
(c) Logic.
(d) Purity.

9. What does Mack claim about the image of Christ asking his disciples to eat and drink of him?
(a) It is impossible.
(b) It is literary.
(c) It is historical.
(d) It is imaginary.

10. 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' names are known.
(d) The leaders' religions are known.

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

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?

2. Who were the Judaizers?

3. How many books of the New Testament is Paul responsible for, according to Mack?

4. What does Paul ask Philemon to do with Onesimus?

5. What does Mack note is mythmaking on a cosmic scale, in terms of the Christ hymn in Philippians 2:6-11?

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