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) Son of man.
(b) The Christ.
(c) God.
(d) Son of God.

2. Who was the first of this group to attack centrist Christianity?
(a) Justin.
(b) Marcion of Sinope.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Valentinus.

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

4. What did Justin say about the treatment of the Jews by God, in terms of the fall of the temple and the diaspora?
(a) They deserved it because they were not Christian.
(b) They deserved it because they were bad people.
(c) They deserved it because they were corrupt.
(d) They deserved it because they were wrong.

5. Who does Mack claim most of the sermons in the Acts of the Apostles are written for?
(a) Christians.
(b) Jews.
(c) Roman rulers.
(d) Pharisees.

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

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

8. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?
(a) The first century.
(b) The eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries.
(c) The second, third, and fourth centuries.
(d) The fifth century.

9. What do the sermons in the Acts attempt to do?
(a) Validate the rights of the Jews.
(b) Validate God.
(c) Validate the claims of Jesus.
(d) Validate the authority of the disciples.

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

11. 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.

12. What was Valentinus' claim about what Christ made possible, in terms of knowledge of God?
(a) That Christ made it possible to know God through scripture.
(b) That Christ made it possible to know God by acquaintance.
(c) That Christ made it possible to know about God.
(d) That Christ made it possible to know God through apostles.

13. 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 associate gospels with disciples.
(c) Christians began to disassociate from John.
(d) Christians began to attribute more writings to Jesus himself.

14. Why are the Epistles of Peter and Jude called the Catholic epistles?
(a) They were specific to the Catholic church.
(b) They were addressed to the Pope.
(c) They were addressed to Christians in general.
(d) They were letters of the Catholic disciples.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why were the revisions of the scriptures not convincing before 70 C.E.?

3. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?

4. What list became the Christian Bible?

5. What does Mack argue the Letter to the Hebrews is, in reality?

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