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

2. Why did the literature that the early bishops threw out survive?
(a) It was protected by other bishops.
(b) Christians continued to read it.
(c) Jews preserved it.
(d) It was protected by the Romans.

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

4. What is the only feature that all Christian religions have in common?
(a) Alms for the poor.
(b) Prayers to Mary.
(c) Reliance on the Bible.
(d) Prayers for the sick.

5. What was Valentinus' claim about what Christ made possible, in terms of knowledge of God?
(a) That Christ made it possible to know God through scripture.
(b) That Christ made it possible to know God by acquaintance.
(c) That Christ made it possible to know about God.
(d) That Christ made it possible to know God through apostles.

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

7. When does Mack argue Mark's gospel was written?
(a) After the Roman-Jewish war.
(b) Prior to the birth of Christ.
(c) During the fourth century.
(d) Before the Roman-Jewish war.

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

9. 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.

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(d) An incomplete historical reference.

11. Who defended the centrist Christian position from those who challenged it?
(a) Marcion.
(b) Valentinus.
(c) Philo.
(d) Justin Martyr.

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

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

14. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Jewish Christianity.
(c) The Christ cult.
(d) Judaism.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What list became the Christian Bible?

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

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

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