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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 happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?
(a) The congregation became a place for criminals.
(b) The congregation became a place for extravagant displays of spiritual behavior.
(c) The congregation became a place for worship of other deities.
(d) The congregation became a place for lies and treachery.

2. What was contained in the "Jefferson Bible"?
(a) Only the sections prior to the New Testament.
(b) Only the Books of the Prophets.
(c) Only the teachings of Jesus.
(d) Only the creation myths.

3. What was Paul's first argument against the idea that Christians should practice Jewish law?
(a) That the Jewish were unreasonable in their laws.
(b) That he has already won his position with the pillars of Jerusalem.
(c) That the Christians were Jesus' children.
(d) That the Christians were immune to the law of Jewish tradition.

4. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?
(a) Epic mythmaking.
(b) Epic authorship.
(c) Epic tradition.
(d) Epic revision.

5. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?
(a) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Church is infallible.
(b) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Old Testament is true.
(c) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is a collection of myths.
(d) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is true.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack say the Christ cult laid the foundation for?

2. What notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?

3. What does the term "Christ" imply?

4. What does Mack claim the Jews had done since the time of David and Solomon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mack give as the three reasons humanity has not wondered about the reality of using the Bible for social policy?

4. What are the major points of the sermons contained in the Acts, according to Mack?

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

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

7. What does Mack say about the "overwhelming concern" in the Didache about the practice of alms, gift giving, and supporting those who ask for hand outs?

8. Explain the findings of Carsten Thiede, Mack's response, and what this argument shows.

9. What evidence does Mack put forth that the attempts to move into mainstream Christianity worked?

10. What is Mack's argument about why John wrote Revelations?

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