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

2. What does Mack claim is the reason for the many portrayals of Jesus?
(a) Different groups saw him differently, based on his age.
(b) There is no difference in the portrayals of Jesus.
(c) Different people changed the true description for political gain.
(d) Different groups developed his image to support their movement.

3. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
(a) They are not real.
(b) They are from the eighth century.
(c) They are from the fourth century.
(d) They are from the mid first century.

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

5. What two realms did the Corinthians combine?
(a) Jewish belief and Greek myth.
(b) Greek philosophy and the Christ myth.
(c) Greek philosophy and Jewish belief.
(d) The Christ myth and Jewish belief.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which group makes up the fifth of the Jesus Movements?

3. What does Mack claim the Christ hymn was the result of?

4. What three figures did Paul bring together to combat the concept that the divine spirit was all that mattered?

5. What was Paul's view on circumcision for the Gentiles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the temple-state.

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

9. What is the catch-22 Mack finds when discussing the New Testament and the origins of the Christian Church?

10. What are the four types of material within the letters to the Corinthians?

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