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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 was the core objective of the epic of Israel through the end of the second temple?
(a) The establishment of the temple-state.
(b) The confirmation of God as a Jewish myth.
(c) The establishment of the Church.
(d) The confirmation of the death of Christ.

2. It is as important for the disciples to be apostles as it is for Jesus to be ___________________.
(a) The Christ.
(b) Son of man.
(c) God.
(d) Son of God.

3. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?
(a) For the congregations to become martyrs.
(b) For the congregations to obey their bishops.
(c) For the congregations to pray for Ignatius.
(d) For the congregations to rise up against Rome.

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

5. What does Mack claim was added to John 19:35?
(a) A witness who saw Jesus rise.
(b) A witness who saw blood and water come out of Jesus.
(c) A witness who saw blood come out of Jesus.
(d) A witness who saw Jesus turn water to wine.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the Centrists seek to prove to the challengers?

2. What is the common core of the Jewish scriptures?

3. What do the sermons in the Acts attempt to do?

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

5. What collection of early Christian texts does the Didache now belong to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 was Valentinus' story of the tragedy of the birth of the world?

5. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

6. 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?

7. What evidence does Mack put forth that the attempts to move into mainstream Christianity worked?

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

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

10. 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?

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