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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 note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?
(a) They were written by the same person over the course of time.
(b) They were written by one person, posing as different people.
(c) They were written by different people from different groups.
(d) They were written by different people of the same group.

2. What feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?
(a) The leaders' home states are known.
(b) The leaders' religions are known.
(c) The leaders' names are known.
(d) The leaders' political ambitions are known.

3. What was Paul's view on circumcision for the Gentiles?
(a) Paul let the pillars of Jerusalem answer the question of circumcision.
(b) Paul never answered the question of circumcision.
(c) Paul felt the Gentiles should be circumcised.
(d) Paul felt there was no need to circumcise the Gentiles.

4. How many layers of the Gospel Q exist?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Two.

5. What does Mack claim about the various groups that formed in the schools of Jesus?
(a) They were sent by God.
(b) They were dangerous.
(c) They were disciples of Jesus.
(d) They were experimental.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two systems helped define the temple-state?

2. What did the Greek model of civilization give rise to?

3. How many books of the New Testament is Paul responsible for, according to Mack?

4. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?

5. What did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the four features of the Christ myth Mack claims are a result of the involvement of God?

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

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

5. Explain Paul's concept of the spiritual body.

6. What were the three exegetical novelties Paul came up with that had a lasting effect on Christianity?

7. Describe the temple-state.

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

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

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

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