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 letter of Trier.
(d) The Festal Letter of Athenasius.

2. What does Mack claim the author of the Acts of the Apostles set out to show?
(a) Disagreement between Christianity and Judaism.
(b) Agreement among the apostles.
(c) Disagreement among the apostles.
(d) Agreement between Christianity and Judaism.

3. 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.

4. What did the temple at Jerusalem serve as, in terms of a symbol?
(a) It was the symbol of peace.
(b) It was the symbol of God.
(c) It was the symbol of Jewish presence.
(d) It was the symbol of Jesus.

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

12. It is as important for the disciples to be apostles as it is for Jesus to be ___________________.
(a) The Christ.
(b) God.
(c) Son of man.
(d) Son of God.

13. What does Mack argue the author of the letters to the Hebrews is saying?
(a) Jesus is better than God.
(b) Jesus is better than the Roman gods.
(c) Jesus is better than the entire system of Israelite religion.
(d) Jesus is better than Moses.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was the first of this group to attack centrist Christianity?

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

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

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

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