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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. Where was Jesus from?
(a) Italy.
(b) Israel.
(c) Galilee.
(d) Greece.

2. What two Gods from different cultures were seen to be the same?
(a) Philo and Alexandria.
(b) Athena and Zeus.
(c) Osiris and Isis.
(d) Hermes and Thoth.

3. Which of the layers of Q is least embellished?
(a) The second.
(b) The third.
(c) The first.
(d) The fifth.

4. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?
(a) Matthew.
(b) God.
(c) Jesus.
(d) Paul himself.

5. What notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?
(a) The power of the state.
(b) The concept of Jesus as son of God.
(c) The power of Jesus.
(d) The kingdom of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Paul tone down his views of the freedom of Christians?

2. What two realms did the Corinthians combine?

3. What is an epic according to Mack?

4. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?

5. In the temple-state model of civilization, what system does the king represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what was meant by Jesus in referring to his body as the bread, and his blood as the wine.

2. What myths did the concept of the death and resurrection of Christ draw upon?

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

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

5. What does Mack say about the Bible in early American history?

6. What three factors surfaced as questions to answer that would help the different culture's relate to one another, and why were they important?

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

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

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

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

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