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. Who did Paul argue was the seed of Abraham?

2. What does Mack claim about the authors of the sections in the New Testament?

3. What does the term "Christ" imply?

4. What role did women play in associations?

5. Where was Jesus from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 why Mack believes Galilee was the perfect place for social experimentation.

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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