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(c) An incomplete historical reference.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

2. 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 scripture.
(c) That Christ made it possible to know about God.
(d) That Christ made it possible to know God through apostles.

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

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

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

6. What does Mack argue the Letter to the Hebrews is, in reality?
(a) Letters that should be attributed to Paul.
(b) False letters from the Jewish leaders.
(c) A philosophical exhortation.
(d) A statement of principle.

7. Why did the book of Hebrews not succeed?
(a) It was too long.
(b) It was illogical.
(c) It was against the Jews.
(d) It was too intellectual.

8. What does Mack claim the Bible is the story of?
(a) God's love for the Jews.
(b) The history of the world.
(c) The history of Christ.
(d) God's purposes for humankind.

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

10. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?
(a) The eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries.
(b) The second, third, and fourth centuries.
(c) The fifth century.
(d) The first century.

11. What two sources does Mack claim Matthew used for his gospel?
(a) The book of Q and the gospel of Mark.
(b) The gospel of Mark and the gospel of Luke.
(c) The book of Q and the gospel of Luke.
(d) The book of Q and the gospel of the Christ cult.

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

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

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

15. What is different about Peter in comparison to Jude?
(a) It is more violent.
(b) It clarifies the opponents more clearly.
(c) It is completely different in content.
(d) It is more socially demoralizing.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Mack say about the letter of Jude?

4. What was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?

5. What does the Didache contain?

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