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 were some artifacts that helped preserve one's culture?

2. What does Mack claim the kingdom of God represented?

3. Whose stories are mimicked in the Miracle Stories?

4. What was contained in the "Jefferson Bible"?

5. What does Mack suggest the taking up of residence in Jerusalem signifies for the group?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What myths did the concept of the death and resurrection of Christ draw upon?

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

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

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

7. Why are Paul's letters to the Thessalonians important?

8. Explain why Paul is so important to views of Christianity, according to Mack.

9. What are the three features of the text that indicate the Christ myth is based on the martyr myths?

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

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

Discuss the letter by Paul to the Galatians. Why is it important? What happened to entice the letter from Paul? What question was Paul trying to answer? What was his argument, in terms of how the Christians could receive the same blessings as the Jews? Explain that argument in detail. What issues does Mack see, in terms of the validity of the argument? Was this argument continued by Paul in later letters? Why or why not? What does this say about Paul's own opinion of his argument?

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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