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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. 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) 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.

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

3. Where does evidence for the Christ cult come from?
(a) The Dead Sea Scrolls.
(b) The Gospel of Thomas.
(c) The Sayings of Q.
(d) Letters of Paul written in the 50s.

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

5. What problem did Paul define as the human problem?
(a) Greed.
(b) Pride.
(c) The power of sin.
(d) The power of false idols.

6. 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 New Testament is true.
(b) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Old Testament is true.
(c) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Church is infallible.
(d) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is a collection of myths.

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

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

9. When would eternal life be obtained, according the Mack's depiction of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians?
(a) In accepting Christ.
(b) In death.
(c) Never.
(d) At the end of time.

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

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

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

14. What two notions was Paul caught between in the question of what to do with those already dead?
(a) The Jewish notion of faith and the Greek concept of religion.
(b) The Jewish notion of the spirit and the Greek concept of the body.
(c) The Jewish concept of purity and the Greek concept of divinity.
(d) The Jewish notion of resurrection and the Greek concept of immortality.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What three figures did Paul bring together to combat the concept that the divine spirit was all that mattered?

2. What became the sign of belonging to the new fellowship that became the Christ cult?

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

4. Where did the Jesus movement begin their change to the Christ cult?

5. What was Paul's first argument against the idea that Christians should practice Jewish law?

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