Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Final 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 is Mark's greatest achievement?

2. When does Mack claim most of the works discussed in Chapter 8 were written?

3. What did the Centrists seek to prove to the challengers?

4. What does canon mean?

5. Why did the book of Hebrews not succeed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the major points of the sermons contained in the Acts, according to Mack?

3. What does Mack say about the "overwhelming concern" in the Didache about the practice of alms, gift giving, and supporting those who ask for hand outs?

4. What were the four ways of reading the scripture that supported the Christian inclusion of Jewish scripture in their religion?

5. How does the Gospel of John differ from that of Mark?

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

7. What are the three themes that dominate the story of Jesus and his resurrection in the Gospel of Luke?

8. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

9. What were the common values contained in both the temple system of sacrifice and the family system of rituals that allowed the translation of one into the other?

10. What evidence does Mack put forth that the attempts to move into mainstream Christianity worked?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain and analyze the two forces that Mack claims drive Christianity. What are those two forces? How do those forces move Christianity along? What tensions are involved in these forces? when did these forces begin to have an effect on Christianity? Where else did Biblical influence become apparent? Why are these factors important when examining the construction of the Christian bible?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the ideas of Marcion of Sinope to the ideas of Valentinus. Who were these individuals? What were their arguments against the centrist concept of Christianity? How do their arguments differ? How are they similar? Combined, how did their ideas influence the rest of the world? How did their ideas lead to the concept that the Jewish scriptures were "really" about Christians?

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