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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 is the Jewish story of the persecuted sage also called?
(a) Story of the Cynics.
(b) Story of the wisdom's child.
(c) Story of the Maccabee.
(d) Story of the resurrection.

2. When does Mack claim the books of the New Testament were written?
(a) From the 50s in the first century to the middle of the second century.
(b) From the end of the second century to the end of the fourth century.
(c) During the life of Jesus.
(d) During the ninth century.

3. What two notions was Paul caught between in the question of what to do with those already dead?
(a) The Jewish notion of the spirit and the Greek concept of the body.
(b) The Jewish notion of faith and the Greek concept of religion.
(c) The Jewish notion of resurrection and the Greek concept of immortality.
(d) The Jewish concept of purity and the Greek concept of divinity.

4. What did early people think their society was based on?
(a) The model of the Church.
(b) The model of the Jewish state.
(c) The model of the universe.
(d) The model of the gods.

5. What two words came to represent the debate between power and the divine law of nature?
(a) Power and nature.
(b) Nature and tyrants.
(c) King and tyrant.
(d) Priests and rulers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two Gods from different cultures were seen to be the same?

2. Where did Rome place its power in the second and first centuries?

3. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?

4. What did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?

5. What role did women play in associations?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are Paul's letters to the Thessalonians important?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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