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

2. What is the myth of Jesus' death and resurrection rooted in, according to Mack?
(a) The concept of divinity.
(b) The ideas of the kingdom of God.
(c) The ideas surrounding hero worship.
(d) The concept of martyrdom.

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

4. Why does Mack claim that the Jesus cult succeeded?
(a) People liked the idea of a martyr.
(b) People liked the idea of a kingdom.
(c) People liked the idea of freedom.
(d) People liked the idea of God.

5. What does Mack claim about the authors of the sections in the New Testament?
(a) They were uneducated militants, rebelling against the Church.
(b) They were descendants of Jesus.
(c) They are not the people each section is attributed to.
(d) They are the people each section is attributed to.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack note the Corinthians are the first example of?

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

3. How did the Christ cult differ form the Jesus movement?

4. What happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?

5. What is featured in the Gospel of Thomas that is missing in the Book of Q?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the temple-state.

3. What three factors surfaced as questions to answer that would help the different culture's relate to one another, and why were they important?

4. What are the four features of the Christ myth Mack claims are a result of the involvement of God?

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

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

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

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

9. Explain why social tension began to mount within the new mixed society of Greco-Roman times, and how these groups tried to keep their culture.

10. Explain the three myths merged in Philippians 2:6-11.

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