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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. Who began to give an account of the new religion to Greeks, Romans, and others?
(a) Jewish intellectuals.
(b) Roman rulers.
(c) Local Bishops.
(d) Christian intellectuals.

2. What do the sermons in the Acts attempt to do?
(a) Validate the rights of the Jews.
(b) Validate the authority of the disciples.
(c) Validate God.
(d) Validate the claims of Jesus.

3. What does Mark's gospel do to the disciples that the story of Q did not?
(a) Ignores them.
(b) Names them.
(c) Worships them.
(d) Kills them.

4. What is the common core of the Jewish scriptures?
(a) Revelations.
(b) The Dead Sea Scrolls.
(c) The New Testament.
(d) The five books of Moses.

5. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?
(a) The eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries.
(b) The second, third, and fourth centuries.
(c) The first century.
(d) The fifth century.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack call the Christian myth, in terms of its completion?

2. What was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?

3. Whose conversion eventually led to the creation of the New Testament?

4. What does the gospel of Matthew argue Jesus' teachings were based on?

5. Where did the writer of the gospel of Luke write the gospel, according to Mack?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Valentinus' story of the tragedy of the birth of the world?

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

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

4. Explain the observations Mack claims are important about Mark's use of the pronouncement stories.

5. What two values are integrated in the Letters of Ignatius, and what is the result?

6. What are the standard writing conventions used in the Acts of the Apostles?

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

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

9. What was Marcion of Sinope's logic, in terms of his views of two Gods, and what to do about the Jewish contamination in the gospels?

10. Describe Mack's observations about James as an author in the first three centuries.

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