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 was the first act in Valentinus' cosmic drama?
(a) The world was created.
(b) Man was created.
(c) The world was destroyed.
(d) Man was destroyed.

2. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?
(a) The Christ cult.
(b) Christianity.
(c) Judaism.
(d) Jewish Christianity.

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

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

5. 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 bad people.
(b) They deserved it because they were corrupt.
(c) They deserved it because they were wrong.
(d) They deserved it because they were not Christian.

6. Who does Mack argue at the end of Chapter 8 became the beloved disciple?
(a) Paul.
(b) Mark.
(c) John.
(d) Matthew.

7. What became an interest for early third century scholars?
(a) The Montanist.
(b) Letters of Esther.
(c) Apostolic writings.
(d) The Torah.

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

9. 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 become martyrs.
(d) For the congregations to rise up against Rome.

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

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

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

13. During the time of the writing of Revelations, what does Mack argue the Christians were being accused of by the Romans?
(a) Extortion.
(b) Disloyalty.
(c) Murder.
(d) Theft.

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

15. Who defended the centrist Christian position from those who challenged it?
(a) Valentinus.
(b) Marcion.
(c) Justin Martyr.
(d) Philo.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the shift in mythmaking, according to Mack, that occurred at the turn of the second century?

2. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?

3. What does Mack claim is Mark's greatest achievement?

4. What does Mack call the Christian myth, in terms of its completion?

5. What were the disciple teachers known as?

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