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

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

3. What does Mack claim happens when a person brings in a Biblical position to an argument of social discussion?
(a) All religious history is brought up.
(b) People become angry.
(c) People become bored.
(d) All thinking and reasonable discussion stops.

4. What does Mack claim is the link that gives the Christian Bible logic and force?
(a) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the Catholic Church.
(b) The link between the Jewish temple, and the New Testament.
(c) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the New Testament.
(d) The link between the Protestant Bible and the Apocrypha.

5. Why did Paul tone down his views of the freedom of Christians?
(a) He did not want a repeat of the out of control behaviors at Corinth.
(b) He was reverting back to his Jewish roots.
(c) He was told by God to tame the behaviors of man.
(d) He wanted to tie down Christians to make them more holy.

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

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

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

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

10. What does Mack say the Christ cult laid the foundation for?
(a) The Church.
(b) A Roman-Christian war.
(c) A battle between the Christ cult and the Jesus movements.
(d) A distinctly Christian mentality.

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

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

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

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

15. What does Mack note the Corinthians are the first example of?
(a) A congregation of Paul's disciples.
(b) A congregation of Jews.
(c) A congregation gone awry.
(d) A Hellenistic, urban congregation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where was Jesus from?

3. What does Mack note is mythmaking on a cosmic scale, in terms of the Christ hymn in Philippians 2:6-11?

4. What did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?

5. Who were the Judaizers?

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