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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. When would eternal life be obtained, according the Mack's depiction of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians?
(a) In death.
(b) Never.
(c) At the end of time.
(d) In accepting Christ.

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

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

4. What is featured in the Gospel of Thomas that is missing in the Book of Q?
(a) References to God.
(b) References to the disciples.
(c) References to creation.
(d) References to the resurrection.

5. Where did Rome place its power in the second and first centuries?
(a) In its field commanders.
(b) In its laborers.
(c) In its priests.
(d) In its politicians.

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem did Paul define as the human problem?

2. What way did ethnic or cultural groups create small social units within the larger culture they found themselves in?

3. What did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?

4. What is the Jewish story of the persecuted sage also called?

5. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the temple-state.

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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