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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 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.

2. Who does Mack claim most of the sermons in the Acts of the Apostles are written for?
(a) Roman rulers.
(b) Jews.
(c) Christians.
(d) Pharisees.

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

4. What did the Centrists seek to prove to the challengers?
(a) That God cared only for the Jews.
(b) That the Christian God was the same as the Jewish God.
(c) That God did not exist.
(d) That the Christian God was not the same as the Jewish God.

5. What were the disciple teachers known as?
(a) Narrative heirs.
(b) Traditions.
(c) Jesus leaders.
(d) Successors.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?

3. How many miracles occur in the Gospel of John?

4. It is as important for the disciples to be apostles as it is for Jesus to be ___________________.

5. What does Mack claim are the building blocks of the Gospel of John?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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