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

2. How did early Christians think of their world?
(a) As a cosmos.
(b) As a social formation.
(c) As a kingdom of God.
(d) As a tomb.

3. How did Mark portray Jesus?
(a) As a backdrop to Jewish scripture.
(b) As a God.
(c) As a powerful authority figure.
(d) As a teacher.

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

5. What does Mack call the Christian myth, in terms of its completion?
(a) An incomplete historical reference.
(b) An unfinished epic.
(c) A completed canon.
(d) A complete fictitious myth.

6. What does Mack claim both Marcion and Valentinus offered?
(a) A way to avoid God.
(b) An ancient way to view God.
(c) A new way to view God.
(d) A revised way to view God.

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

8. What does Mark's gospel do to the disciples that the story of Q did not?
(a) Ignores them.
(b) Names them.
(c) Worships them.
(d) Kills them.

9. When do scholars place the writing of the Gospel of John?
(a) In the third century.
(b) In the 1800s.
(c) In the 90s.
(d) Before Christ.

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

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

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

13. What term replaced "disciples"?
(a) Followers.
(b) Acolytes.
(c) Apostles.
(d) Cultists.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During the time of the writing of Revelations, what does Mack argue the Christians were being accused of by the Romans?

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

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

5. What did Justin argue to the Romans about Christianity?

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