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. Who were the Judaizers?

2. What two realms did the Corinthians combine?

3. When did Jesus Movements start in Galilee?

4. What does the term Judeo-Christian mean?

5. Why does Mack call the Christ cult the first Christians?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain why social tension began to mount within the new mixed society of Greco-Roman times, and how these groups tried to keep their culture.

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

5. Describe the two major aspects in which the Christ cult differed from the Jesus movements.

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

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

8. What is the catch-22 Mack finds when discussing the New Testament and the origins of the Christian Church?

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

10. Describe the concept of the polis.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain and analyze the two forces that Mack claims drive Christianity. What are those two forces? How do those forces move Christianity along? What tensions are involved in these forces? when did these forces begin to have an effect on Christianity? Where else did Biblical influence become apparent? Why are these factors important when examining the construction of the Christian bible?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mack's interpretation of Paul's argument to the Thessalonians in terms of the question of those who had already perished. What was the original intent of the question, according to Mack? How did Paul respond? What were his arguments? How did he alter the message of the Christ myth to fit his argument? Why was the question of a concern for the dead a common issue in the Easter Mediterranean? Why does Mack argue that Paul's response to the question indicates the question was really about belonging? How did Paul's answers lead to an idea of eternal life?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the response of the Jews to the destruction of the second-temple establishment in Jerusalem to that of the Christians. How did each side react, and why? What similarities are there, and what differences? What accounts for any similar responses? What accounts for their differences? Why did each side respond as they did?

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