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Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Burton L. Mack
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Paul stress was important, since they were "members of Christ"?



2. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?



3. What is the name of the form of mythmaking Mack notes these early Jesus people were engaged in?



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



5. What is contained in the Gospel of Thomas?



Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mack's argument about why John wrote Revelations?



2. Describe the situation in the empire since the reign of Caligula, in terms of the political mood of the Jews.



3. Describe the two major aspects in which the Christ cult differed from the Jesus movements.



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



5. What were Paul's arguments against the concept that Christians had to follow Jewish law, if they were claiming to be Jewish?



6. What does Mack give as his own fantasy about the Bible?



7. What two strong desires drove Christianity?



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



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



10. Describe Mack's observations about James as an author in the first three centuries.



Essay Topics

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?

List and discuss the three layers of the Gospel of Q. be sure to describe each in detail, and explain both what they describe, as well as their historical impact. Why was each written? What does each discuss? What are the seven blocks of Q1? Why are they called the Gospel of Q? How do the Q Gospels compare to the statements of the Cynics? What was added with Q3?

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.

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