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

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

3. What were the disciple teachers known as?
(a) Jesus leaders.
(b) Narrative heirs.
(c) Traditions.
(d) Successors.

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

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

6. Who was the leader of the empire who tried to have his images placed in the temple of Jerusalem?
(a) Caligula.
(b) Arippa I.
(c) Nero.
(d) Claudius.

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

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

9. Why does Mack argue Jesus' death is qualitatively different from all other deaths of the prophets?
(a) Jesus was the enemy of the state.
(b) Jesus was immortal.
(c) Jesus was a martyr.
(d) Jesus was the son of God.

10. Why were the revisions of the scriptures not convincing before 70 C.E.?
(a) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the second-temple Jerusalem.
(b) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Roman empire.
(c) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Greek state.
(d) They could not match the logic that the epic was for Jesus.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?

2. How did early Christians think of their world?

3. Who does Mack argue at the end of Chapter 8 became the beloved disciple?

4. What is the term for "a small group of writings believes to have been written by bishops and others" who knew the apostles?

5. How did Luke portray Jesus?

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