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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 claim about the various groups that formed in the schools of Jesus?
(a) They were dangerous.
(b) They were disciples of Jesus.
(c) They were experimental.
(d) They were sent by God.

2. When would eternal life be obtained, according the Mack's depiction of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians?
(a) Never.
(b) At the end of time.
(c) In accepting Christ.
(d) In death.

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

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

5. What does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?
(a) An alternative to the current society.
(b) An alternative to simple death.
(c) An alternative to hell.
(d) An alternative to purgatory.

6. What is featured in the Gospel of Thomas that is missing in the Book of Q?
(a) References to the resurrection.
(b) References to creation.
(c) References to the disciples.
(d) References to God.

7. What does Mack claim is the purpose of the Miracle Stories of Mark?
(a) To explain the supernatural powers of the disciples.
(b) To explain historic facts of Jesus.
(c) To describe the wonders of faith.
(d) To create the impression of a divine power.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack suggest as a reason that Mark was overly critical of the disciples of Jerusalem?

2. What notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?

3. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?

4. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?

5. What two words came to represent the debate between power and the divine law of nature?

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