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 are sophists?

2. Why does Mack claim the Bible is constantly consulted?

3. What does the term "Christ" imply?

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

5. What does Mack claim about the image of Christ asking his disciples to eat and drink of him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mack claim about the use of the Bible as a script for Christian worship?

2. What are the three concerns underlying the treatise to the Hebrews?

3. What did Paul mean by "freedom from the law", according to Mack?

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

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

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

7. What were some of the problems exporting the Athens model of society?

8. 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.

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

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

Essay 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

Compare and contrast the response of the Jews to the destruction of the second-temple establishment in Jerusalem to that of the Christians. How did each side react, and why? What similarities are there, and what differences? What accounts for any similar responses? What accounts for their differences? Why did each side respond as they did?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast two of the following Gospels. Be sure to include the time of the writing, the location, the portrayal of Jesus, the use of other documents to form a basis, and the individual additions of each author to the main story line. How are the two similar, and how are they different?

• The Gospel of Mark

• The Gospel of Matthew

• The Gospel of Luke

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