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

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

3. What does the gospel of Matthew argue Jesus' teachings were based on?
(a) The gospel of Q.
(b) The gospel of Luke.
(c) The Torah.
(d) The gospel of Mark.

4. In Revelations, who was found worthy enough to open the seven seals?
(a) The lamb.
(b) Man.
(c) Moses.
(d) Jesus.

5. 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 disassociate from John.
(c) Christians began to leave behind the gospels.
(d) Christians began to associate gospels with disciples.

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

7. 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.

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

9. What does Mack claim is Mark's greatest achievement?
(a) That he succeeded in creating the origins for Christian imagination.
(b) That he succeeded in converting the Jews.
(c) That he succeeded in tying Jesus with Moses.
(d) That he succeeded in publishing his work.

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

11. Why did the literature that the early bishops threw out survive?
(a) Christians continued to read it.
(b) Jews preserved it.
(c) It was protected by other bishops.
(d) It was protected by the Romans.

12. 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.

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

14. What is the common core of the Jewish scriptures?
(a) The Dead Sea Scrolls.
(b) Revelations.
(c) The New Testament.
(d) The five books of Moses.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why are the Epistles of Peter and Jude called the Catholic epistles?

3. When do scholars place the writing of the Gospel of John?

4. Where did the writer of the gospel of Luke write the gospel, according to Mack?

5. What does Mack claim about Justin's treatise to the Jews?

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