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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 did Clement argue about the "new song" of Christianity?
(a) It was not new at all.
(b) It was an incorrect theory.
(c) It was a new, vibrant way to view God.
(d) It was based on Judaism.

2. 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.

3. What is the common core of the Jewish scriptures?
(a) The five books of Moses.
(b) The New Testament.
(c) Revelations.
(d) The Dead Sea Scrolls.

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

5. What word is used to imply the significance of the miracle stories in the Gospel of John?
(a) Signs.
(b) Revelations.
(c) Logos.
(d) Gifts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack argue the Letter to the Hebrews is, in reality?

2. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?

3. Who defended the centrist Christian position from those who challenged it?

4. What term replaced "disciples"?

5. Who began to give an account of the new religion to Greeks, Romans, and others?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Gospel of John differ from that of Mark?

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

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

5. 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?

6. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

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

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

10. 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?

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