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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 does Mack suggest as a reason that Mark was overly critical of the disciples of Jerusalem?
(a) They disobeyed the Jewish purity codes.
(b) They adhered to the Jewish purity codes.
(c) They believed in the creation myth.
(d) They believed in the concept of Jesus as God.

2. What was Paul's first argument against the idea that Christians should practice Jewish law?
(a) That the Jewish were unreasonable in their laws.
(b) That he has already won his position with the pillars of Jerusalem.
(c) That the Christians were Jesus' children.
(d) That the Christians were immune to the law of Jewish tradition.

3. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
(a) They are from the mid first century.
(b) They are from the fourth century.
(c) They are not real.
(d) They are from the eighth century.

4. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?
(a) It is important to our politicians.
(b) It is highly important to religious institutions.
(c) People require it for their faith.
(d) It is the only book of God.

5. What does Mack note is mythmaking on a cosmic scale, in terms of the Christ hymn in Philippians 2:6-11?
(a) The reference to Jesus as son of God.
(b) The reference to Jesus as a martyr.
(c) The reference to Jesus as lord.
(d) The concept of Jesus as a religious leader.

Short Answer Questions

1. What role did women play in associations?

2. What two Gods from different cultures were seen to be the same?

3. What do Paul's letters to the Romans represent?

4. Why does Mack claim that the Jesus cult succeeded?

5. What notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were Paul's arguments against the concept that Christians had to follow Jewish law, if they were claiming to be Jewish?

2. Describe the temple-state.

3. 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.

4. Why does Mack believe early Christians were excited about the concept of the kingdom of God?

5. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?

6. How did Paul link Christianity to the Greek concept of self control?

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

8. What did Paul mean by "freedom from the law", according to Mack?

9. Explain why Paul is so important to views of Christianity, according to Mack.

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

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