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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. Which of the layers of Q is least embellished?
(a) The first.
(b) The third.
(c) The second.
(d) The fifth.

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

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

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

5. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
(a) They are from the fourth century.
(b) They are from the mid first century.
(c) They are not real.
(d) They are from the eighth century.

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?
(a) It is the only book of God.
(b) It is highly important to religious institutions.
(c) It is important to our politicians.
(d) People require it for their faith.

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

12. What do Paul's letters to the Romans represent?
(a) A plea for the Romans to accept Christianity.
(b) A complete statement of his religious ideas.
(c) A defense against other missionaries.
(d) An angry accusation of lewdness and persecution.

13. What does Mack claim about the Book of Isaiah?
(a) It did not exist.
(b) It was used as a source for the imagery in the Christ hymn.
(c) It was not used as a source for the imagery in the Christ hymn.
(d) It was the same as the information in the Christ hymn.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?

2. What is an epic according to Mack?

3. What was Paul's view on circumcision for the Gentiles?

4. Why does Mack claim the Bible was important by the end of the fourth century?

5. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?

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