Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Final 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. What is the common core of the Jewish scriptures?
(a) Revelations.
(b) The New Testament.
(c) The five books of Moses.
(d) The Dead Sea Scrolls.

2. What did Clement argue about the "new song" of Christianity?
(a) It was an incorrect theory.
(b) It was based on Judaism.
(c) It was not new at all.
(d) It was a new, vibrant way to view God.

3. What was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?
(a) The establishment of the Church.
(b) The establishment of the temple-state.
(c) The confirmation of the death of Christ.
(d) The confirmation of God as a Jewish myth.

4. What does Mack claim is the point of the Letter of James?
(a) Showing the importance Jesus' word.
(b) Showing the importance of the Christian faith.
(c) Showing the importance of living a moral life.
(d) Showing the importance of God's will.

5. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?
(a) Jewish Christianity.
(b) Judaism.
(c) The Christ cult.
(d) Christianity.

6. Who began to give an account of the new religion to Greeks, Romans, and others?
(a) Roman rulers.
(b) Jewish intellectuals.
(c) Local Bishops.
(d) Christian intellectuals.

7. What does Mack argue the author of the letters to the Hebrews is saying?
(a) Jesus is better than Moses.
(b) Jesus is better than the entire system of Israelite religion.
(c) Jesus is better than God.
(d) Jesus is better than the Roman gods.

8. What does Mack claim about Justin's treatise to the Jews?
(a) It was made up by the Jews.
(b) Justin never wrote it.
(c) No one ever read it.
(d) No Jew ever listened to it.

9. Where did the writer of the gospel of Luke write the gospel, according to Mack?
(a) A location near the Aegean Sea.
(b) Nazareth.
(c) Rome.
(d) Jerusalem.

10. Whose conversion eventually led to the creation of the New Testament?
(a) Eusebius.
(b) Caesar.
(c) Constantine.
(d) Jerome.

11. How did early Christians think of their world?
(a) As a tomb.
(b) As a cosmos.
(c) As a social formation.
(d) As a kingdom of God.

12. What is contained in 1 Clement?
(a) Instructions for congregations.
(b) The story of Jesus.
(c) Sayings of Jesus.
(d) An admonishment to Corinth congregations.

13. What is different about Peter in comparison to Jude?
(a) It is completely different in content.
(b) It is more violent.
(c) It is more socially demoralizing.
(d) It clarifies the opponents more clearly.

14. Why did the book of Hebrews not succeed?
(a) It was illogical.
(b) It was against the Jews.
(c) It was too intellectual.
(d) It was too long.

15. What does Mack claim are the building blocks of the Gospel of John?
(a) The proclamation stories.
(b) The references to Q.
(c) The miracle stories.
(d) The references to Mark.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Mark portray Jesus?

2. What term replaced "disciples"?

3. What does Mark's gospel do to the disciples that the story of Q did not?

4. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?

5. What does Mack argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?

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