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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. 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.
2. What does Mack claim is the purpose of the Miracle Stories of Mark?
(a) To create the impression of a divine power.
(b) To describe the wonders of faith.
(c) To explain historic facts of Jesus.
(d) To explain the supernatural powers of the disciples.
3. 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.
4. 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' political ambitions are known.
(d) The leaders' names are known.
5. What does Mack believe the figure of Jesus became with the Pronouncement Stories?
(a) A mystic.
(b) A martyr.
(c) A teacher.
(d) Interpreter of the law.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?
2. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
3. Why does Mack state that people become silent when confronted with Biblical information?
4. Who were the Judaizers?
5. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
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 two major aspects in which the Christ cult differed from the Jesus movements.
4. Describe the temple-state.
5. What were the three ideas that groups gathered around that resulted in the Jesus movements?
6. What myths did the concept of the death and resurrection of Christ draw upon?
7. What is the fifth Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
8. What is the second Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
9. Explain what was meant by Jesus in referring to his body as the bread, and his blood as the wine.
10. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?
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