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 happened at Corinth that made Paul nervous?

2. In the temple-state model of civilization, what system does the king represent?

3. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?

4. What does Mack say the Christ cult laid the foundation for?

5. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the concept of the polis.

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

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

4. Explain Mack's view of how the writings of the New Testament were chosen, and why these choices created centrist Christianity.

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Explain the cultures of the Greco-Roman times in the Eastern Mediterranean, as explained by Mack in Chapter 1. Be sure to include concepts of the Jewish temple-state, the Greek city-state, and the Roman republic. What were the similarities of these groups? What were the differences? How did these cultural clashes help to form a breeding ground for new social ideas and experiments? What types of social experiments were done? How did these contribute to the creation of a new society?

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