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 the term Judeo-Christian mean?

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

3. Who were the Judaizers?

4. Why does Mack believe the stories in the New Testament were chosen to be included?

5. What does Carsten Thiede claim about the Magdalen fragments?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were Paul's arguments against the concept that Christians had to follow Jewish law, if they were claiming to be Jewish?

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

5. Explain what was meant by Jesus in referring to his body as the bread, and his blood as the wine.

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

7. What does Mack say about the Bible in early American history?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the three ways in which Paul fought the super apostles at Corinth. Be sure to include all three of his arguments, including the idea of an old and new covenant, the Adam-Jesus comparison, and the use of allegory to turn the old covenant into the story of Christ. How did Paul use each of these arguments? What were the arguments? Be sure to include details from the book to explain the arguments, and to support them.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mack's three arguments about why the Bible has survived unquestioned throughout history. Why does he say this has happened? Be sure to discuss Mack's views of the Bible as an oracle, the Bible as the ritual text of Christianity, and the Bible's function as an epic for the American dream. What are each of these, and why do they help to position the Bible in a high, unquestionable place of power?

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