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Burton L. Mack
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Jesus.
(d) They could not match the logic that the epic was for the second-temple Jerusalem.

2. What does Mack claim about Paul's letters to Colossians and Ephesians?
(a) They did not truly exist.
(b) They are filled with lies.
(c) They are attempts to sabotage his name.
(d) They are not authentic.

3. What does Mack believe the authors intended to convey by having Peter and James defend Paul's ideas about Jewish law?
(a) That the Christian message was not meant for Jews.
(b) That the Christian message was meant for gentiles.
(c) That the Christian message was not meant for gentiles.
(d) That the Christian message was meant for Jews.

4. What does Mack claim the Bible is the story of?
(a) God's love for the Jews.
(b) The history of the world.
(c) God's purposes for humankind.
(d) The history of Christ.

5. What does Mack say about the letter of Jude?
(a) It is a historical marvel.
(b) It is literary genius.
(c) It is an intellectual masterpiece.
(d) It is a sloppy literary production.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Luke portray Jesus?

2. What was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?

3. During the time of the writing of Revelations, what does Mack argue the Christians were being accused of by the Romans?

4. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?

5. What was the shift in mythmaking, according to Mack, that occurred at the turn of the second century?

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