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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 each of these movements attempt to link Jesus to, according to Mack?
(a) The kingdom of God.
(b) The fight against Rome.
(c) The grand traditions of Israel.
(d) Jerusalem.

2. What does Mack claim happens when a person brings in a Biblical position to an argument of social discussion?
(a) People become bored.
(b) All thinking and reasonable discussion stops.
(c) People become angry.
(d) All religious history is brought up.

3. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?
(a) Matthew.
(b) Jesus.
(c) Paul himself.
(d) God.

4. What are the two activities Mack gives credit to in terms of the creation of Christian beliefs?
(a) Social conflict and experimentation.
(b) Apocalyptic preaching and fantasy.
(c) Social disintegration and intellectual stimulus.
(d) Social formation and mythmaking.

5. What two realms did the Corinthians combine?
(a) Greek philosophy and Jewish belief.
(b) Jewish belief and Greek myth.
(c) The Christ myth and Jewish belief.
(d) Greek philosophy and the Christ myth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Paul's first argument against the idea that Christians should practice Jewish law?

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

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

4. Why does Mack believe the stories in the New Testament were chosen to be included?

5. Why does Mack claim Columbus studied the Bible?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the findings of Carsten Thiede, Mack's response, and what this argument shows.

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

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

5. Describe the temple-state.

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

9. Describe the two major aspects in which the Christ cult differed from the Jesus movements.

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

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