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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. When does Mack claim the books of the New Testament were written?
(a) During the life of Jesus.
(b) From the end of the second century to the end of the fourth century.
(c) During the ninth century.
(d) From the 50s in the first century to the middle of the second century.

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

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

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

5. What did early people think their society was based on?
(a) The model of the gods.
(b) The model of the universe.
(c) The model of the Church.
(d) The model of the Jewish state.

6. What does Mack claim about the authors of the sections in the New Testament?
(a) They are the people each section is attributed to.
(b) They are not the people each section is attributed to.
(c) They were uneducated militants, rebelling against the Church.
(d) They were descendants of Jesus.

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

8. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?
(a) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to take over all of the the Mediterranean.
(b) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to explained the borders of Israel to include gentiles.
(c) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to exile gentiles from Israel.
(d) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to circumcise the gentiles in Israel.

9. 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.

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

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

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

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

14. 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 resurrection.
(d) Story of the wisdom's child.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack claim about the Book of Isaiah?

2. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?

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

4. What was the Greek concept of civilization?

5. What are sophists?

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