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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 is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?
2. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?
3. What was Paul's view on circumcision for the Gentiles?
4. What did Paul's argument do to Jews and Christians?
5. What did Paul's Jewish sensibility place high value on?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the fifth Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
2. Explain Paul's concept of the spiritual body.
3. What were the three ideas that groups gathered around that resulted in the Jesus movements?
4. Explain how Mack views the authors of the literature in the New Testament.
5. Why are Paul's letters to the Thessalonians important?
6. What is the first Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
7. What is the second Jesus movement discussed in the book, and what is/are the primary components of the movement's teachings?
8. Describe the two major aspects in which the Christ cult differed from the Jesus movements.
9. What does Mack say about the Bible in early American history?
10. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?
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
Explain and analyze the two forces that Mack claims drive Christianity. What are those two forces? How do those forces move Christianity along? What tensions are involved in these forces? when did these forces begin to have an effect on Christianity? Where else did Biblical influence become apparent? Why are these factors important when examining the construction of the Christian bible?
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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