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

2. What was the Greek concept of civilization?
(a) The republic.
(b) The city-state.
(c) The Church.
(d) The temple-state.

3. Why does Mack claim Columbus studied the Bible?
(a) To plan his voyages.
(b) To teach his men of its teachings.
(c) To teach the natives of Jesus.
(d) To strengthen his faith.

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

5. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?
(a) People require it for their faith.
(b) It is highly important to religious institutions.
(c) It is important to our politicians.
(d) It is the only book of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack claim about the authors of the sections in the New Testament?

2. What feature of the Christ cult does Mack claim Paul found irresistible?

3. What does the passage in Romans 3:21-26 say about why Jesus' death was effective?

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

5. What does the term "Christ" imply?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were the four ways of reading the scripture that supported the Christian inclusion of Jewish scripture in their religion?

4. What are the three themes that dominate the story of Jesus and his resurrection in the Gospel of Luke?

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

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

7. What are the significant differences between the Pauline and Johannine traditions, as discussed by Mack in chapter 8?

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

9. Explain the conversion of Constantine, and why it was pivotal in the creation of the Bible.

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

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