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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) During the fourth century.
(b) After the Roman-Jewish war.
(c) Before the Roman-Jewish war.
(d) Prior to the birth of Christ.

2. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?
(a) John.
(b) Paul.
(c) Luke.
(d) Matthew.

3. What is the only feature that all Christian religions have in common?
(a) Alms for the poor.
(b) Prayers to Mary.
(c) Reliance on the Bible.
(d) Prayers for the sick.

4. Why did the book of Hebrews not succeed?
(a) It was against the Jews.
(b) It was too long.
(c) It was illogical.
(d) It was too intellectual.

5. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?
(a) For the congregations to pray for Ignatius.
(b) For the congregations to become martyrs.
(c) For the congregations to obey their bishops.
(d) For the congregations to rise up against Rome.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack argue the author of the letters to the Hebrews is saying?

2. Why were the revisions of the scriptures not convincing before 70 C.E.?

3. What were the disciple teachers known as?

4. How did Mark portray Jesus?

5. When do scholars place the writing of the Gospel of John?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the Jewish scripture available to early Christians consist of?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

10. 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?

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