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

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

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

4. 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) Made the two into one religion.
(d) Nothing.

5. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?
(a) Stories of creation.
(b) Stories of the disciples.
(c) The myth of the resurrection.
(d) The sayings of Jesus.

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

7. What does Paul ask Philemon to do with Onesimus?
(a) Punish him as God would punish him.
(b) Send him into exile.
(c) Receive him without punishment.
(d) Kill him.

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

9. When did Jesus Movements start in Galilee?
(a) In the late first century.
(b) At the end of the last century, B.C.E.
(c) During the 20s of the second century.
(d) During the 30s of the first century.

10. What does Mack claim the Jews had done since the time of David and Solomon?
(a) Recounted their original epic history to retain truth.
(b) Lied about their origins to gain social standing.
(c) Revised their epic history.
(d) Participated in social change.

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

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

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

14. What did the Christ hymn imply about the domain of Jesus?
(a) It encompassed only the gentiles.
(b) It diminished in size.
(c) It encompassed all people.
(d) It encompassed only the Jews.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack suggest the taking up of residence in Jerusalem signifies for the group?

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

3. What does Mack claim about the Book of Isaiah?

4. Who were the Judaizers?

5. Why does Mack state that people become silent when confronted with Biblical information?

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