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. It is as important for the disciples to be apostles as it is for Jesus to be ___________________.
(a) God.
(b) Son of man.
(c) Son of God.
(d) The Christ.

2. How does John portray Jesus, according to Mack?
(a) As a powerful ruler.
(b) As a teacher.
(c) As a cosmic Lord.
(d) As the spirit of God.

3. What does Mack argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?
(a) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of Jesus.
(b) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the Romans.
(c) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of God.
(d) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the overseer.

4. What list became the Christian Bible?
(a) The letter of Trier.
(b) The list of Eusebius.
(c) The list of Jerome's translations.
(d) The Festal Letter of Athenasius.

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

6. What does Mack argue John was worried about, which resulted in his authorship of Revelations?
(a) False teachings and affliction.
(b) Persecution and execution.
(c) Sickness and affliction.
(d) False teaching and sickness.

7. 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 Roman empire.
(b) They could not match the logic that the epic was for Jesus.
(c) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Greek state.
(d) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the second-temple Jerusalem.

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

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

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

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

12. Why does Mack argue Jesus' death is qualitatively different from all other deaths of the prophets?
(a) Jesus was a martyr.
(b) Jesus was the son of God.
(c) Jesus was the enemy of the state.
(d) Jesus was immortal.

13. What collection of early Christian texts does the Didache now belong to?
(a) The Apostolic Fathers.
(b) Revelations.
(c) Acts of the Apostles.
(d) The Dead Sea Scrolls.

14. What did the Centrists seek to prove to the challengers?
(a) That God cared only for the Jews.
(b) That the Christian God was not the same as the Jewish God.
(c) That the Christian God was the same as the Jewish God.
(d) That God did not exist.

15. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?
(a) For the congregations to obey their bishops.
(b) For the congregations to pray for Ignatius.
(c) For the congregations to rise up against Rome.
(d) For the congregations to become martyrs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack claim are the building blocks of the Gospel of John?

2. What were the disciple teachers known as?

3. When does Mack argue Mark's gospel was written?

4. What does Mack claim about Paul's letters to Colossians and Ephesians?

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

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