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. What does Mack claim about the various groups that formed in the schools of Jesus?

2. What became the sign of belonging to the new fellowship that became the Christ cult?

3. What does Mack claim about the Book of Isaiah?

4. What does Mack argue Paul saw the Christ myth as, in terms of the State of Israel?

5. Why does Mack state that people become silent when confronted with Biblical information?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the concept of the polis.

3. What are the four features of the Christ myth Mack claims are a result of the involvement of God?

4. Explain the three myths merged in Philippians 2:6-11.

5. What were the three exegetical novelties Paul came up with that had a lasting effect on Christianity?

6. Explain how Mack views the authors of the literature in the New Testament.

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

8. Explain why Mack believes Galilee was the perfect place for social experimentation.

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

10. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast two of the following Gospels. Be sure to include the time of the writing, the location, the portrayal of Jesus, the use of other documents to form a basis, and the individual additions of each author to the main story line. How are the two similar, and how are they different?

• The Gospel of Mark

• The Gospel of Matthew

• The Gospel of Luke

Essay Topic 2

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 3

List and discuss the four "proofs" from scripture that support the idea that the history of Israel can be read as the story of the Christian God. What are the four points? What do they mean? How do they tie together to create the idea of a scripture that supports the Christian God, rather than a Jewish God? Be sure to mention concepts such as the spirit of prophesy, the logos, and the idea that the history of Israel did not end with the Jews.

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