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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 Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?
(a) They are not real.
(b) They are from the mid first century.
(c) They are from the fourth century.
(d) They are from the eighth century.

2. Why is Paul's' letter to the Romans different from his other letters?
(a) The letter was not written by Paul.
(b) He wrote the Romans for different reasons.
(c) He wrote the Romans to ask for funding.
(d) The letter was written in anger.

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

4. What did the Greek model of civilization give rise to?
(a) Altruism.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Satanism.
(d) Social stratification.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?

2. What is the myth of Jesus' death and resurrection rooted in, according to Mack?

3. What does Mack claim is the reason for the many portrayals of Jesus?

4. What did the Christ hymn imply about the domain of Jesus?

5. What does Paul assure the Thessalonians in terms of "those who had died"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the major points of the sermons contained in the Acts, according to Mack?

2. What were the common values contained in both the temple system of sacrifice and the family system of rituals that allowed the translation of one into the other?

3. 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.

4. Explain what Mack says about the Bible's force in carrying the Church.

5. What were the four ways of reading the scripture that supported the Christian inclusion of Jewish scripture in their religion?

6. Explain Mack's discussion of when the Epistles of Peter and Jude were written. What references does he use to attempt to date the pieces?

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

8. Explain Mack's view of how the writings of the New Testament were chosen, and why these choices created centrist Christianity.

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

10. Explain why Mack believes Galilee was the perfect place for social experimentation.

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