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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 does Mack claim is the purpose of the Miracle Stories of Mark?
(a) To explain historic facts of Jesus.
(b) To create the impression of a divine power.
(c) To explain the supernatural powers of the disciples.
(d) To describe the wonders of faith.

2. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?
(a) Greek mythology.
(b) The Egyptian scriptures.
(c) The Jewish scriptures.
(d) Roman myth.

3. What does the term "Christ" imply?
(a) That Jesus was the son of God.
(b) That Jesus was mortal.
(c) That Jesus was approved by God.
(d) That Jesus was God.

4. What was Paul's first argument against the idea that Christians should practice Jewish law?
(a) That the Christians were Jesus' children.
(b) That he has already won his position with the pillars of Jerusalem.
(c) That the Jewish were unreasonable in their laws.
(d) That the Christians were immune to the law of Jewish tradition.

5. What happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?
(a) The congregation became a place for lies and treachery.
(b) The congregation became a place for worship of other deities.
(c) The congregation became a place for criminals.
(d) The congregation became a place for extravagant displays of spiritual behavior.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Jewish story of the persecuted sage also called?

2. Why does Mack claim groups are forming outside the boundaries of religion to study the Bible?

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

4. What does the passage in Romans 3:21-26 say about why Jesus' death was effective?

5. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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