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Burton L. Mack
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the Greek model of civilization give rise to?
(a) Altruism.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Satanism.
(d) Social stratification.

2. What does the term "Christ" imply?
(a) That Jesus was the son of God.
(b) That Jesus was mortal.
(c) That Jesus was approved by God.
(d) That Jesus was God.

3. What does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?
(a) An alternative to hell.
(b) An alternative to purgatory.
(c) An alternative to the current society.
(d) An alternative to simple death.

4. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?
(a) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to explained the borders of Israel to include gentiles.
(b) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to take over all of the the Mediterranean.
(c) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to circumcise the gentiles in Israel.
(d) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to exile gentiles from Israel.

5. Why does Mack claim that the Jesus cult succeeded?
(a) People liked the idea of a martyr.
(b) People liked the idea of God.
(c) People liked the idea of a kingdom.
(d) People liked the idea of freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What feature of the Christ cult does Mack claim Paul found irresistible?

2. What does Mack claim happens when a person brings in a Biblical position to an argument of social discussion?

3. What does Mack claim the Christ hymn was the result of?

4. What was contained in the "Jefferson Bible"?

5. What was Paul's view on circumcision for the Gentiles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four types of material within the letters to the Corinthians?

2. Explain Mack's view of how the writings of the New Testament were chosen, and why these choices created centrist Christianity.

3. Describe the temple-state.

4. What is the second Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?

5. Why are Paul's letters to the Thessalonians important?

6. What are the three features of the text that indicate the Christ myth is based on the martyr myths?

7. What is the third Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?

8. Explain how Mack views the authors of the literature in the New Testament.

9. Explain the three myths merged in Philippians 2:6-11.

10. Explain why social tension began to mount within the new mixed society of Greco-Roman times, and how these groups tried to keep their culture.

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