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. Why does Mack state that people become silent when confronted with Biblical information?

2. What feature of the Jerusalem group allows readers to build a profile?

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

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

5. Where did Rome place its power in the second and first centuries?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mack believe early Christians were excited about the concept of the kingdom of God?

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

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

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

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

8. Explain Paul's concept of the spiritual body.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, in detail, the mythologies that were used to provide the logic for the concept of Jesus' death and resurrection. Be sure to include information about the Greek myth of noble death, the Jewish concepts of martyrdom, the Jewish myth of the persecuted sage, examples of each, and how these myths tied into the Christ cult's concept of the death and resurrection.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the five Jesus groups listed below and discuss their characteristics, and the primary teachings their movement brings forth. Be sure to include what they believed, and why, as well as their primary influence on the concept of Jesus and society in general.

-Community of Q

-Jesus School

-True Disciples of the Gospel of Thomas

-Congregation of Israel

-Jerusalem Pillars

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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