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

2. 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.

3. 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 apostles.
(b) That Christ made it possible to know God through scripture.
(c) That Christ made it possible to know about God.
(d) That Christ made it possible to know God by acquaintance.

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

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

6. Where did Justin claim the Greek philosophers received their wisdom?
(a) From the Greek gods.
(b) From the people.
(c) From Abraham.
(d) From Moses.

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

8. What does Mack claim was added to John 19:35?
(a) A witness who saw Jesus turn water to wine.
(b) A witness who saw Jesus rise.
(c) A witness who saw blood come out of Jesus.
(d) A witness who saw blood and water come out of Jesus.

9. 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 God.
(c) Jesus is better than the entire system of Israelite religion.
(d) Jesus is better than the Roman gods.

10. What is the only feature that all Christian religions have in common?
(a) Prayers for the sick.
(b) Alms for the poor.
(c) Reliance on the Bible.
(d) Prayers to Mary.

11. What did the temple at Jerusalem serve as, in terms of a symbol?
(a) It was the symbol of God.
(b) It was the symbol of peace.
(c) It was the symbol of Jesus.
(d) It was the symbol of Jewish presence.

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

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

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

15. How many miracles occur in the Gospel of John?
(a) Ten.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) Seven.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?

2. What does the gospel of Matthew argue Jesus' teachings were based on?

3. What is different about Peter in comparison to Jude?

4. How did Luke portray Jesus?

5. Who was the leader of the empire who tried to have his images placed in the temple of Jerusalem?

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