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

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

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

4. What is the term for "a small group of writings believes to have been written by bishops and others" who knew the apostles?
(a) Apostolic Fathers.
(b) Martyrdoms.
(c) Revelations.
(d) Successions.

5. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?
(a) The Christ cult.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Jewish Christianity.
(d) Christianity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack argue John was worried about, which resulted in his authorship of Revelations?

2. What did Clement argue about the "new song" of Christianity?

3. What does Mack claim about Paul's letters to Colossians and Ephesians?

4. What do the sermons in the Acts attempt to do?

5. What does Mack claim was added to John 19:35?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

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

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

6. 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?

7. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

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

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

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