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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 was contained in the "Jefferson Bible"?
(a) Only the teachings of Jesus.
(b) Only the creation myths.
(c) Only the sections prior to the New Testament.
(d) Only the Books of the Prophets.
2. What does Mack note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?
(a) They were written by different people from different groups.
(b) They were written by one person, posing as different people.
(c) They were written by the same person over the course of time.
(d) They were written by different people of the same group.
3. When would eternal life be obtained, according the Mack's depiction of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians?
(a) In accepting Christ.
(c) In death.
(d) At the end of time.
4. What are the two activities Mack gives credit to in terms of the creation of Christian beliefs?
(a) Apocalyptic preaching and fantasy.
(b) Social conflict and experimentation.
(c) Social formation and mythmaking.
(d) Social disintegration and intellectual stimulus.
5. What does Mack suggest as a reason that Mark was overly critical of the disciples of Jerusalem?
(a) They adhered to the Jewish purity codes.
(b) They disobeyed the Jewish purity codes.
(c) They believed in the creation myth.
(d) They believed in the concept of Jesus as God.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Mack claim is the purpose of the Miracle Stories of Mark?
2. What do the pillars in the Jerusalem group do that other Jesus movements do not?
3. What problem did Paul define as the human problem?
4. What is the Jewish story of the persecuted sage also called?
5. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?
Short Essay Questions
1. What were the three exegetical novelties Paul came up with that had a lasting effect on Christianity?
2. Explain why Mack believes Galilee was the perfect place for social experimentation.
3. Explain why Paul is so important to views of Christianity, according to Mack.
4. What myths did the concept of the death and resurrection of Christ draw upon?
5. What is the fourth Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
6. What did Paul mean by "freedom from the law", according to Mack?
7. Why does Mack believe early Christians were excited about the concept of the kingdom of God?
8. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?
9. Explain the three myths merged in Philippians 2:6-11.
10. What is the third Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
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