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 Mack claim happens when a person brings in a Biblical position to an argument of social discussion?

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

3. What does the term Judeo-Christian mean?

4. What three figures did Paul bring together to combat the concept that the divine spirit was all that mattered?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the three ideas that groups gathered around that resulted in the Jesus movements?

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

3. Explain the three myths merged in Philippians 2:6-11.

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

5. Explain the findings of Carsten Thiede, Mack's response, and what this argument shows.

6. Describe the concept of the polis.

7. Explain why social tension began to mount within the new mixed society of Greco-Roman times, and how these groups tried to keep their culture.

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

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

10. What three factors surfaced as questions to answer that would help the different culture's relate to one another, and why were they important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Acts of the Apostles, in detail. What was the point of this document? Who is believed to be the author? When was it written? What stories are contained within the Acts, and what is their purpose to modern Christianity? What literary styles did the author use to create a cohesive history of gospel cohesiveness? What did the speeches within Acts attempt to convey, and were they successful? How did Acts relate to Judaism? Be sure to include information contained in the book in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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