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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 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 no role in associations.
(d) Women played the role of caretaker to the association.

2. What does the passage in Romans 3:21-26 say about why Jesus' death was effective?
(a) Because he was the son of God.
(b) Because he was faithful.
(c) Because he was a sinner.
(d) Because he was justified.

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

4. What does Mack compare the Pronouncement Stories to in Chapter 2?
(a) The stories of the Romans.
(b) The stories of the Cynics.
(c) The stories of the intellectuals.
(d) The stories of the Egyptians.

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

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

7. What does Mack suggest the taking up of residence in Jerusalem signifies for the group?
(a) A political agenda.
(b) A loyalty to the Pharisee.
(c) A disrespect for Jewish tradition.
(d) A religious agenda.

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

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

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

11. What does Mack claim about the image of Christ asking his disciples to eat and drink of him?
(a) It is historical.
(b) It is impossible.
(c) It is literary.
(d) It is imaginary.

12. Where did the Jesus movement begin their change to the Christ cult?
(a) Western Syria.
(b) Northern Syria.
(c) Southern Syria.
(d) Eastern Syria.

13. What does Mack note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?
(a) They were written by different people of the same group.
(b) They were written by the same person over the course of time.
(c) They were written by one person, posing as different people.
(d) They were written by different people from different groups.

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

15. What does Mack suggest as a reason that Mark was overly critical of the disciples of Jerusalem?
(a) They disobeyed the Jewish purity codes.
(b) They believed in the creation myth.
(c) They adhered to the Jewish purity codes.
(d) They believed in the concept of Jesus as God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack note the Corinthians are the first example of?

2. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?

3. What is featured in the Gospel of Thomas that is missing in the Book of Q?

4. What does Paul ask Philemon to do with Onesimus?

5. What does Mack claim was the slogan for Paul's gospel?

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