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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. Where did Rome place its power in the second and first centuries?
(a) In its field commanders.
(b) In its priests.
(c) In its politicians.
(d) In its laborers.

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

3. What are sophists?
(a) Believers in the Jewish faith.
(b) Teachers of religious theory in schools.
(c) Paid members of the Church.
(d) Wandering teachers who offered insights and knowledge.

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

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

6. What notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?
(a) The power of Jesus.
(b) The concept of Jesus as son of God.
(c) The power of the state.
(d) The kingdom of God.

7. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?
(a) The Jewish scriptures.
(b) Roman myth.
(c) The Egyptian scriptures.
(d) Greek mythology.

8. What was contained in the "Jefferson Bible"?
(a) Only the creation myths.
(b) Only the sections prior to the New Testament.
(c) Only the teachings of Jesus.
(d) Only the Books of the Prophets.

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

10. What does each of these movements attempt to link Jesus to, according to Mack?
(a) The grand traditions of Israel.
(b) Jerusalem.
(c) The kingdom of God.
(d) The fight against Rome.

11. What is an epic according to Mack?
(a) A rehearsal of the past that puts the present in its light.
(b) A hope for a brighter future.
(c) A look at the past to discover previous laws.
(d) An examination of the past to reveal public policy.

12. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?
(a) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Old Testament is true.
(b) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Church is infallible.
(c) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is a collection of myths.
(d) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is true.

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

14. What did the Greek model of civilization give rise to?
(a) Altruism.
(b) Social stratification.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Satanism.

15. Who were the Judaizers?
(a) Jewish missionaries who disagreed with Christianity.
(b) Jewish Christian missionaries who disagreed with Paul's freedom from the law gospel.
(c) Christian missionaries who sought to bring about the end of the Jews.
(d) Jewish Christian missionaries who agreed with Paul's freedom from the law gospel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack say the Christ cult laid the foundation for?

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

3. What does Mack claim is the purpose of the Miracle Stories of Mark?

4. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?

5. Which group makes up the fifth of the Jesus Movements?

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