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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. Who were the Judaizers?
(a) Jewish missionaries who disagreed with Christianity.
(b) Christian missionaries who sought to bring about the end of the Jews.
(c) Jewish Christian missionaries who disagreed with Paul's freedom from the law gospel.
(d) Jewish Christian missionaries who agreed with Paul's freedom from the law gospel.

2. How did the Christ cult differ form the Jesus movement?
(a) It focused on Jesus' life and his teachings.
(b) It focused on Jesus' death and his teachings.
(c) It focused on Jesus' life and celebrated his spirit.
(d) It focused on Jesus' death and celebrated his spirit.

3. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?
(a) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to circumcise the gentiles in Israel.
(b) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to exile gentiles from Israel.
(c) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to take over all of the the Mediterranean.
(d) Mack claims Paul saw the Christ myth as a call to explained the borders of Israel to include gentiles.

4. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?
(a) Put the two together in brotherhood.
(b) Made the two into one religion.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Set Jews in opposition to Christians.

5. What does Paul assure the Thessalonians in terms of "those who had died"?
(a) That those who died before Christ could still be saved.
(b) That those who died with God will never die.
(c) That those who died with God will live with God.
(d) That those who died in sin would not be with God after death.

Short Answer Questions

1. What way did ethnic or cultural groups create small social units within the larger culture they found themselves in?

2. What does Mack note is mythmaking on a cosmic scale, in terms of the Christ hymn in Philippians 2:6-11?

3. What problem did Paul define as the human problem?

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

5. What did early people think their society was based on?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were the three ideas that groups gathered around that resulted in the Jesus movements?

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

5. What did Paul mean by "freedom from the law", according to Mack?

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

7. Explain Paul's concept of the spiritual body.

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

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

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

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