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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 argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?
(a) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of God.
(b) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the Romans.
(c) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of Jesus.
(d) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the overseer.

2. How many miracles occur in the Gospel of John?
(a) Three.
(b) Ten.
(c) Five.
(d) Seven.

3. Why are the Epistles of Peter and Jude called the Catholic epistles?
(a) They were addressed to the Pope.
(b) They were specific to the Catholic church.
(c) They were addressed to Christians in general.
(d) They were letters of the Catholic disciples.

4. What does Mack claim is the point of the Letter of James?
(a) Showing the importance of God's will.
(b) Showing the importance of the Christian faith.
(c) Showing the importance Jesus' word.
(d) Showing the importance of living a moral life.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does canon mean?

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

3. What did Justin argue to the Romans about Christianity?

4. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?

5. Where did Justin claim the Greek philosophers received their wisdom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the common values contained in both the temple system of sacrifice and the family system of rituals that allowed the translation of one into the other?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What are the three themes that dominate the story of Jesus and his resurrection in the Gospel of Luke?

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

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

9. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

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