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 is different about Peter in comparison to Jude?

2. What was Valentinus' claim about what Christ made possible, in terms of knowledge of God?

3. What does Mack argue the Gospel of Matthew is a document for?

4. What does Mack claim the Bible is the story of?

5. Why are the Epistles of Peter and Jude called the Catholic epistles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the observations Mack claims are important about Mark's use of the pronouncement stories.

2. What are the significant differences between the Pauline and Johannine traditions, as discussed by Mack in chapter 8?

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

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

5. What were the two key arguments that the centrists tried to use against the non-centrist positions of Valentinus and Marcion?

6. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

8. Explain Mack's discussion of when the Epistles of Peter and Jude were written. What references does he use to attempt to date the pieces?

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

10. What are the four types of miracle interpretation occurring in the Gospel of John?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the Didache, in detail. What is it? Where was it located? What is it a part of, and why? What does it contain? What features does Mack note are of particular interest? How does the Didache relate to Judaism? Why is this important to understanding the state of Christianity in the early second century?

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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