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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 did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?
(a) Honor.
(b) Holiness.
(c) Community.
(d) Divinity.

2. What are sophists?
(a) Teachers of religious theory in schools.
(b) Paid members of the Church.
(c) Believers in the Jewish faith.
(d) Wandering teachers who offered insights and knowledge.

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

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

5. What three figures did Paul bring together to combat the concept that the divine spirit was all that mattered?
(a) The heart, mind, and soul.
(b) The individual, Christ, and the congregation.
(c) The individual, Christ, and God.
(d) The mind, body, and soul.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an epic according to Mack?

2. What does Mack suggest the taking up of residence in Jerusalem signifies for the group?

3. What does Mack suggest as a reason that Mark was overly critical of the disciples of Jerusalem?

4. Why does Mack claim Columbus studied the Bible?

5. What two notions was Paul caught between in the question of what to do with those already dead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?

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

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

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