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

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

3. What does the Didache contain?
(a) Instructions for congregations.
(b) The Commandments.
(c) Sayings of Jesus.
(d) The Gospel of Thomas.

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

5. Who is the star from Chapter 13 to the end of the Acts of the Apostles?
(a) John.
(b) Paul.
(c) Peter.
(d) Jude.

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

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

8. Who does Mack claim most of the sermons in the Acts of the Apostles are written for?
(a) Roman rulers.
(b) Christians.
(c) Pharisees.
(d) Jews.

9. 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 living a moral life.
(d) Showing the importance of God's will.

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

11. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?
(a) For the congregations to obey their bishops.
(b) For the congregations to become martyrs.
(c) For the congregations to pray for Ignatius.
(d) For the congregations to rise up against Rome.

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

13. What is contained in 1 Clement?
(a) An admonishment to Corinth congregations.
(b) Sayings of Jesus.
(c) Instructions for congregations.
(d) The story of Jesus.

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

15. How did Luke portray Jesus?
(a) A teacher of the Torah.
(b) A powerful deity.
(c) The manifestation of obedience to the spirit.
(d) A wandering prophet.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When does Mack argue Mark's gospel was written?

3. What is the common core of the Jewish scriptures?

4. How did early Christians think of their world?

5. What collection of early Christian texts does the Didache now belong to?

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