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

2. 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 letters of the Catholic disciples.
(d) They were addressed to Christians in general.

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

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

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

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

7. What was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?
(a) The confirmation of God as a Jewish myth.
(b) The confirmation of the death of Christ.
(c) The establishment of the temple-state.
(d) The establishment of the Church.

8. What does Mack argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?
(a) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of God.
(b) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the overseer.
(c) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of Jesus.
(d) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the Romans.

9. What did Justin argue to the Romans about Christianity?
(a) That it was better than Judaism.
(b) That it actually helped them.
(c) That all Christians should be exiled.
(d) That it hurt their government.

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

11. Who began to give an account of the new religion to Greeks, Romans, and others?
(a) Roman rulers.
(b) Local Bishops.
(c) Jewish intellectuals.
(d) Christian intellectuals.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How did early Christians think of their world?

4. How many miracles occur in the Gospel of John?

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

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