Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Burton L. Mack
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?
(a) They called themselves Christians.
(b) They were the first to mention the resurrection.
(c) They were the first to use the word Christ to refer to Jesus.
(d) They were the first to create a hymn to Jesus.

2. What does Mack claim was the slogan for Paul's gospel?
(a) Freedom from sin.
(b) Freedom from exile.
(c) Freedom from persecution.
(d) Freedom from the law.

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

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

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

6. What feature of the Christ cult does Mack claim Paul found irresistible?
(a) The concept of a social group with mixed ethnicity and social status.
(b) The concept of a social group of only the lower class.
(c) The concept of an unmixed social group.
(d) The concept of a group dedicated to Jesus and the Jewish codes of cleanliness.

7. How many layers of the Gospel Q exist?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Two.

8. What does Mack claim is the reason for the many portrayals of Jesus?
(a) There is no difference in the portrayals of Jesus.
(b) Different groups saw him differently, based on his age.
(c) Different people changed the true description for political gain.
(d) Different groups developed his image to support their movement.

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

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

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

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

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

14. 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 told by God to tame the behaviors of man.
(c) He wanted to tie down Christians to make them more holy.
(d) He was reverting back to his Jewish roots.

15. What way did ethnic or cultural groups create small social units within the larger culture they found themselves in?
(a) They created fellowships and associations.
(b) They met in government.
(c) They worked with one another.
(d) They met in educational institutions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?

2. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?

3. What two Gods from different cultures were seen to be the same?

4. What does the term "Christ" imply?

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

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