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Burton L. Mack
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the myth of Jesus' death and resurrection rooted in, according to Mack?
(a) The concept of martyrdom.
(b) The concept of divinity.
(c) The ideas surrounding hero worship.
(d) The ideas of the kingdom of God.

2. What does Mack note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?
(a) They were written by one person, posing as different people.
(b) They were written by different people of the same group.
(c) They were written by the same person over the course of time.
(d) They were written by different people from different groups.

3. How many books of the New Testament is Paul responsible for, according to Mack?
(a) One.
(b) Five.
(c) All of them.
(d) Over one half.

4. Why does Mack claim the Bible was important by the end of the fourth century?
(a) It gave the Church credentials in the eyes of early Christians.
(b) It gave the Church credentials for a role in Jewish history.
(c) It gave the Church credentials for a role in the history of Israel.
(d) It gave the Church credentials for a role in Constantine's empire.

5. How did the Christ cult differ form the Jesus movement?
(a) It focused on Jesus' death and his teachings.
(b) It focused on Jesus' life and celebrated his spirit.
(c) It focused on Jesus' life and his teachings.
(d) It focused on Jesus' death and celebrated his spirit.

6. What does Paul assure the Thessalonians in terms of "those who had died"?
(a) That those who died before Christ could still be saved.
(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 with God will never die.

7. 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 of only the lower class.
(c) The concept of a social group with mixed ethnicity and social status.
(d) The concept of a group dedicated to Jesus and the Jewish codes of cleanliness.

8. What two systems helped define the temple-state?
(a) Purity and salvation.
(b) Power and cruelty.
(c) Power and purity.
(d) Salvation and logic.

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

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

11. What role did women play in associations?
(a) Women played a role supportive to the men.
(b) Women served as members, patrons, and leaders.
(c) Women played the role of caretaker to the association.
(d) Women played no role in associations.

12. What does Mack suggest as a reason that Mark was overly critical of the disciples of Jerusalem?
(a) They adhered to the Jewish purity codes.
(b) They believed in the concept of Jesus as God.
(c) They disobeyed the Jewish purity codes.
(d) They believed in the creation myth.

13. 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 their faith.
(c) They hope to find solutions to political issues.
(d) They hope to find salvation.

14. What does the term "Christ" imply?
(a) That Jesus was approved by God.
(b) That Jesus was the son of God.
(c) That Jesus was mortal.
(d) That Jesus was God.

15. Where did the Jesus movement begin their change to the Christ cult?
(a) Western Syria.
(b) Southern Syria.
(c) Eastern Syria.
(d) Northern Syria.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do the pillars in the Jerusalem group do that other Jesus movements do not?

3. What feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?

4. What does each of these movements attempt to link Jesus to, according to Mack?

5. What does Mack believe the figure of Jesus became with the Pronouncement Stories?

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