Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Burton L. Mack
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?

2. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?

3. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?

4. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?

5. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mack's argument about why John wrote Revelations?

2. Describe the situation in the empire since the reign of Caligula, in terms of the political mood of the Jews.

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

6. What does Mack give as his own fantasy about the Bible?

7. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

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

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

10. Describe Mack's observations about James as an author in the first three centuries.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

List and discuss the three layers of the Gospel of Q. be sure to describe each in detail, and explain both what they describe, as well as their historical impact. Why was each written? What does each discuss? What are the seven blocks of Q1? Why are they called the Gospel of Q? How do the Q Gospels compare to the statements of the Cynics? What was added with Q3?

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