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 notion does Mack believe generated enough excitement to influence the formation of different Jesus groups?

2. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?

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

4. What concept was important to the Jewish temple-state, the Greek polis, and the Roman system of government?

5. What two realms did the Corinthians combine?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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