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

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

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

4. What became the sign of belonging to the new fellowship that became the Christ cult?
(a) Eating together.
(b) Singing together.
(c) Fighting together.
(d) Praying together.

5. What does Paul assure the Thessalonians in terms of "those who had died"?
(a) That those who died with God will never die.
(b) That those who died with God will live with God.
(c) That those who died in sin would not be with God after death.
(d) That those who died before Christ could still be saved.

6. What does Mack claim was the slogan for Paul's gospel?
(a) Freedom from sin.
(b) Freedom from exile.
(c) Freedom from the law.
(d) Freedom from persecution.

7. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
(a) They are not real.
(b) They are from the mid first century.
(c) They are from the fourth century.
(d) They are from the eighth century.

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

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

10. What two Gods from different cultures were seen to be the same?
(a) Osiris and Isis.
(b) Hermes and Thoth.
(c) Philo and Alexandria.
(d) Athena and Zeus.

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

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

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

14. What concept was important to the Jewish temple-state, the Greek polis, and the Roman system of government?
(a) Politics.
(b) Divinity.
(c) Virtue.
(d) Law.

15. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?
(a) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to explained the borders of Israel to include gentiles.
(b) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to take over all of the the Mediterranean.
(c) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to circumcise the gentiles in Israel.
(d) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to exile gentiles from Israel.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why did Paul tone down his views of the freedom of Christians?

3. What does Mack claim happens when a person brings in a Biblical position to an argument of social discussion?

4. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?

5. What did early people think their society was based on?

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