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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 was the first act in Valentinus' cosmic drama?
(a) The world was destroyed.
(b) Man was destroyed.
(c) Man was created.
(d) The world was created.

2. Who does Mack argue at the end of Chapter 8 became the beloved disciple?
(a) Paul.
(b) Matthew.
(c) Mark.
(d) John.

3. What does the Didache contain?
(a) The Commandments.
(b) Instructions for congregations.
(c) The Gospel of Thomas.
(d) Sayings of Jesus.

4. 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 the entire system of Israelite religion.
(c) Jesus is better than the Roman gods.
(d) Jesus is better than Moses.

5. What collection of early Christian texts does the Didache now belong to?
(a) Revelations.
(b) The Dead Sea Scrolls.
(c) Acts of the Apostles.
(d) The Apostolic Fathers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?

2. Who is the star from Chapter 13 to the end of the Acts of the Apostles?

3. What two sources does Mack claim Matthew used for his gospel?

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

5. What does canon mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

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