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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 feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?
(a) The leaders' religions are known.
(b) The leaders' names are known.
(c) The leaders' home states are known.
(d) The leaders' political ambitions are known.

2. When did Jesus Movements start in Galilee?
(a) In the late first century.
(b) During the 20s of the second century.
(c) At the end of the last century, B.C.E.
(d) During the 30s of the first century.

3. What does Mack note the Corinthians are the first example of?
(a) A Hellenistic, urban congregation.
(b) A congregation of Paul's disciples.
(c) A congregation of Jews.
(d) A congregation gone awry.

4. What does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?
(a) An alternative to hell.
(b) An alternative to purgatory.
(c) An alternative to simple death.
(d) An alternative to the current society.

5. What does Mack claim is the link that gives the Christian Bible logic and force?
(a) The link between the Jewish temple, and the New Testament.
(b) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the New Testament.
(c) The link between the Jewish scriptures of the Old Testament, and the Catholic Church.
(d) The link between the Protestant Bible and the Apocrypha.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What feature of the Christ cult does Mack claim Paul found irresistible?

3. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?

4. Who were the Judaizers?

5. What was the Stoic recommendation for personal virtue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the temple-state.

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

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

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

7. Explain what was meant by Jesus in referring to his body as the bread, and his blood as the wine.

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

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

10. Why does Mack believe early Christians were excited about the concept of the kingdom of God?

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