Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Burton L. Mack
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?

2. What did early people think their society was based on?

3. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?

4. What is featured in the Gospel of Thomas that is missing in the Book of Q?

5. What did the Christ hymn imply about the domain of Jesus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Paul mean by "freedom from the law", according to Mack?

2. Describe the temple-state.

3. How did Paul link Christianity to the Greek concept of self control?

4. What is the first Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?

5. Explain Paul's concept of the spiritual body.

6. What is the second Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?

7. Why does Mack believe early Christians were excited about the concept of the kingdom of God?

8. Explain what was meant by Jesus in referring to his body as the bread, and his blood as the wine.

9. Explain the findings of Carsten Thiede, Mack's response, and what this argument shows.

10. What are the four types of material within the letters to the Corinthians?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the Didache, in detail. What is it? Where was it located? What is it a part of, and why? What does it contain? What features does Mack note are of particular interest? How does the Didache relate to Judaism? Why is this important to understanding the state of Christianity in the early second century?

Essay Topic 2

Describe why Mack believes his book can help view Christianity in a new way, and what he fantasizes about in terms of an honest discussion of the Bible, and Christianity as a whole. What does he think we should do, in terms of religion? Why does he think his book can help humanity begin to question Christianity as a source for social order? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explain, in detail, Paul's letters to the Romans. Why did it differ from other letters? How does Paul explain the human problem that the gospel answers? How does he describe the Christ myth? What does he say about the resurrection? How did Paul tie in the Greek concept of self control? How did he change the view of apocalypse to fit the Greek concept?

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