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

Burton L. Mack
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Final Test - Easy

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This quiz consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why were the revisions of the scriptures not convincing before 70 C.E.?
(a) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Greek state.
(b) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Roman empire.
(c) They could not match the logic that the epic was for Jesus.
(d) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the second-temple Jerusalem.

2. What does Mack claim about Paul's letters to Colossians and Ephesians?
(a) They did not truly exist.
(b) They are filled with lies.
(c) They are attempts to sabotage his name.
(d) They are not authentic.

3. What does Mack believe the authors intended to convey by having Peter and James defend Paul's ideas about Jewish law?
(a) That the Christian message was not meant for Jews.
(b) That the Christian message was meant for gentiles.
(c) That the Christian message was not meant for gentiles.
(d) That the Christian message was meant for Jews.

4. What does Mack claim the Bible is the story of?
(a) God's love for the Jews.
(b) The history of the world.
(c) God's purposes for humankind.
(d) The history of Christ.

5. What does Mack say about the letter of Jude?
(a) It is a historical marvel.
(b) It is literary genius.
(c) It is an intellectual masterpiece.
(d) It is a sloppy literary production.

6. How did Luke portray Jesus?
(a) A teacher of the Torah.
(b) The manifestation of obedience to the spirit.
(c) A wandering prophet.
(d) A powerful deity.

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

8. During the time of the writing of Revelations, what does Mack argue the Christians were being accused of by the Romans?
(a) Extortion.
(b) Theft.
(c) Disloyalty.
(d) Murder.

9. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?
(a) John.
(b) Matthew.
(c) Luke.
(d) Paul.

10. What was the shift in mythmaking, according to Mack, that occurred at the turn of the second century?
(a) Christians began to leave behind the gospels.
(b) Christians began to disassociate from John.
(c) Christians began to attribute more writings to Jesus himself.
(d) Christians began to associate gospels with disciples.

11. What does Mack claim the author of Acts found, in terms of an answer to what Christianity owed to Jewish history?
(a) The laws of purity.
(b) The concept of sacrifice.
(c) A reliance on righteousness.
(d) The Christ myth.

12. What does canon mean?
(a) A date or time.
(b) A religious book.
(c) Norm or standard.
(d) A book of history.

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

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

15. What were the disciple teachers known as?
(a) Traditions.
(b) Successors.
(c) Narrative heirs.
(d) Jesus leaders.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Mack argue at the end of Chapter 8 became the beloved disciple?



2. What did Clement argue about the "new song" of Christianity?



3. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?



4. What does Mack claim was added to John 19:35?



5. How did Mark portray Jesus?



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