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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. In Revelations, who was found worthy enough to open the seven seals?
(a) Jesus.
(b) The lamb.
(c) Moses.
(d) Man.

2. What does Mack argue John was worried about, which resulted in his authorship of Revelations?
(a) False teaching and sickness.
(b) Sickness and affliction.
(c) False teachings and affliction.
(d) Persecution and execution.

3. 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 creating the origins for Christian imagination.
(d) That he succeeded in converting the Jews.

4. What does Mack argue the Letter to the Hebrews is, in reality?
(a) A statement of principle.
(b) Letters that should be attributed to Paul.
(c) False letters from the Jewish leaders.
(d) A philosophical exhortation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mack claim both Marcion and Valentinus offered?

2. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?

3. Who is the star from Chapter 13 to the end of the Acts of the Apostles?

4. Who does Mack argue at the end of Chapter 8 became the beloved disciple?

5. What does Mack claim about Justin's treatise to the Jews?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the four types of miracle interpretation occurring in the Gospel of John?

8. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

9. 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?

10. What is Mack's argument about why John wrote Revelations?

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