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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. Why did the literature that the early bishops threw out survive?
(a) Jews preserved it.
(b) It was protected by other bishops.
(c) Christians continued to read it.
(d) It was protected by the Romans.

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

3. Why were the revisions of the scriptures not convincing before 70 C.E.?
(a) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Greek state.
(b) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the Roman empire.
(c) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the second-temple Jerusalem.
(d) They could not match the logic that the epic was for Jesus.

4. What does Mack claim are the building blocks of the Gospel of John?
(a) The references to Q.
(b) The proclamation stories.
(c) The references to Mark.
(d) The miracle stories.

5. Who was the leader of the empire who tried to have his images placed in the temple of Jerusalem?
(a) Nero.
(b) Claudius.
(c) Arippa I.
(d) Caligula.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the temple at Jerusalem serve as, in terms of a symbol?

2. What were the disciple teachers known as?

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

4. What does Mack argue John was worried about, which resulted in his authorship of Revelations?

5. Why does Mack argue Jesus' death is qualitatively different from all other deaths of the prophets?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the situation in the empire since the reign of Caligula, in terms of the political mood of the Jews.

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

4. 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?

5. What are the standard writing conventions used in the Acts of the Apostles?

6. 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?

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

8. What are the significant differences between the Pauline and Johannine traditions, as discussed by Mack in chapter 8?

9. 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?

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

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