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

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

3. What does Mark's gospel do to the disciples that the story of Q did not?
(a) Names them.
(b) Ignores them.
(c) Kills them.
(d) Worships them.

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

5. Who defended the centrist Christian position from those who challenged it?
(a) Justin Martyr.
(b) Marcion.
(c) Philo.
(d) Valentinus.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did early Christians think of their world?

2. What does Mack claim is the point of the Letter of James?

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

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

5. What does Mack claim the Bible is the story of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

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

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

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

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

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

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