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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 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 meant for Jews.
(d) That the Christian message was not meant for gentiles.

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

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

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

5. What does Mack argue the author of the letters to the Hebrews is saying?
(a) Jesus is better than God.
(b) Jesus is better than the Roman gods.
(c) Jesus is better than Moses.
(d) Jesus is better than the entire system of Israelite religion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?

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

4. What term replaced "disciples"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

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

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