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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 problem did Paul define as the human problem?
(a) Pride.
(b) Greed.
(c) The power of sin.
(d) The power of false idols.

2. What do the pillars in the Jerusalem group do that other Jesus movements do not?
(a) Adhere to the Jewish purity codes.
(b) Believe in the concept of Jesus as a god.
(c) Believe in the creation myth.
(d) Disobey Jewish purity codes.

3. What did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?
(a) Community.
(b) Divinity.
(c) Honor.
(d) Holiness.

4. What way did ethnic or cultural groups create small social units within the larger culture they found themselves in?
(a) They met in government.
(b) They worked with one another.
(c) They met in educational institutions.
(d) They created fellowships and associations.

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 lord.
(b) The reference to Jesus as a martyr.
(c) The reference to Jesus as son of God.
(d) The concept of Jesus as a religious leader.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What were some artifacts that helped preserve one's culture?

3. Why does Mack claim groups are forming outside the boundaries of religion to study the Bible?

4. Which of the layers of Q is least embellished?

5. What did the Christ hymn imply about the domain of Jesus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 does Mack say about the Bible in early American history?

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

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

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

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