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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 does Mack claim is Mark's greatest achievement?
(a) That he succeeded in converting the Jews.
(b) That he succeeded in creating the origins for Christian imagination.
(c) That he succeeded in tying Jesus with Moses.
(d) That he succeeded in publishing his work.

2. How did early Christians think of their world?
(a) As a social formation.
(b) As a tomb.
(c) As a kingdom of God.
(d) As a cosmos.

3. What does Mack claim about Justin's treatise to the Jews?
(a) No one ever read it.
(b) Justin never wrote it.
(c) It was made up by the Jews.
(d) No Jew ever listened to it.

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

5. What list became the Christian Bible?
(a) The list of Eusebius.
(b) The Festal Letter of Athenasius.
(c) The list of Jerome's translations.
(d) The letter of Trier.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the Epistles of Peter and Jude called the Catholic epistles?

2. What does Mack claim the author of Acts found, in terms of an answer to what Christianity owed to Jewish history?

3. How did Mark portray Jesus?

4. Who was the leader of the empire who tried to have his images placed in the temple of Jerusalem?

5. What became an interest for early third century scholars?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. What is Mack's argument about why John wrote Revelations?

8. What does Mack say about the "overwhelming concern" in the Didache about the practice of alms, gift giving, and supporting those who ask for hand outs?

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

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

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