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 contained in 1 Clement?

2. What did the temple at Jerusalem serve as, in terms of a symbol?

3. How did early Christians think of their world?

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

5. Where did the writer of the gospel of Luke write the gospel, according to Mack?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two values are integrated in the Letters of Ignatius, and what is the result?

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

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

4. What was Valentinus' story of the tragedy of the birth of the world?

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

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

7. What are the standard writing conventions used in the Acts of the Apostles?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, in detail, Paul's letters to the Romans. Why did it differ from other letters? How does Paul explain the human problem that the gospel answers? How does he describe the Christ myth? What does he say about the resurrection? How did Paul tie in the Greek concept of self control? How did he change the view of apocalypse to fit the Greek concept?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the letter by Paul to the Galatians. Why is it important? What happened to entice the letter from Paul? What question was Paul trying to answer? What was his argument, in terms of how the Christians could receive the same blessings as the Jews? Explain that argument in detail. What issues does Mack see, in terms of the validity of the argument? Was this argument continued by Paul in later letters? Why or why not? What does this say about Paul's own opinion of his argument?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mack's interpretation of Paul's argument to the Thessalonians in terms of the question of those who had already perished. What was the original intent of the question, according to Mack? How did Paul respond? What were his arguments? How did he alter the message of the Christ myth to fit his argument? Why was the question of a concern for the dead a common issue in the Easter Mediterranean? Why does Mack argue that Paul's response to the question indicates the question was really about belonging? How did Paul's answers lead to an idea of eternal life?

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