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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 the author of the Acts of the Apostles set out to show?
(a) Disagreement between Christianity and Judaism.
(b) Disagreement among the apostles.
(c) Agreement among the apostles.
(d) Agreement between Christianity and Judaism.

2. What does Mack claim the Bible is the story of?
(a) God's purposes for humankind.
(b) The history of the world.
(c) God's love for the Jews.
(d) The history of Christ.

3. Where did Justin claim the Greek philosophers received their wisdom?
(a) From the people.
(b) From the Greek gods.
(c) From Abraham.
(d) From Moses.

4. In Revelations, who was found worthy enough to open the seven seals?
(a) Man.
(b) Moses.
(c) Jesus.
(d) The lamb.

5. What does Mack argue the author of the letters to the Hebrews is saying?
(a) Jesus is better than God.
(b) Jesus is better than Moses.
(c) Jesus is better than the entire system of Israelite religion.
(d) Jesus is better than the Roman gods.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Mack believe the authors intended to convey by having Peter and James defend Paul's ideas about Jewish law?

4. What did Justin say about the treatment of the Jews by God, in terms of the fall of the temple and the diaspora?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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