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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. It is as important for the disciples to be apostles as it is for Jesus to be ___________________.
(a) The Christ.
(b) God.
(c) Son of God.
(d) Son of man.

2. Whose conversion eventually led to the creation of the New Testament?
(a) Jerome.
(b) Eusebius.
(c) Caesar.
(d) Constantine.

3. Where did the writer of the gospel of Luke write the gospel, according to Mack?
(a) A location near the Aegean Sea.
(b) Rome.
(c) Nazareth.
(d) Jerusalem.

4. When does Mack argue Mark's gospel was written?
(a) During the fourth century.
(b) Before the Roman-Jewish war.
(c) Prior to the birth of Christ.
(d) After the Roman-Jewish war.

5. What did Justin say about the treatment of the Jews by God, in terms of the fall of the temple and the diaspora?
(a) They deserved it because they were bad people.
(b) They deserved it because they were not Christian.
(c) They deserved it because they were corrupt.
(d) They deserved it because they were wrong.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Justin argue to the Romans about Christianity?

2. What collection of early Christian texts does the Didache now belong to?

3. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?

4. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?

5. What does Mack claim is the point of the Letter of James?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Gospel of John differ from that of Mark?

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

3. What are the four types of miracle interpretation occurring in the Gospel of John?

4. Explain the conversion of Constantine, and why it was pivotal in the creation of the Bible.

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

6. What are the significant differences between the Pauline and Johannine traditions, as discussed by Mack in chapter 8?

7. What evidence does Mack put forth that the attempts to move into mainstream Christianity worked?

8. What are the three concerns underlying the treatise to the Hebrews?

9. What were the two key arguments that the centrists tried to use against the non-centrist positions of Valentinus and Marcion?

10. Describe the situation in the empire since the reign of Caligula, in terms of the political mood of the Jews.

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