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 argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?

2. What does canon mean?

3. How many miracles occur in the Gospel of John?

4. What is Ignatius' second appeal in his letters to the churches?

5. What does Mack claim are the building blocks of the Gospel of John?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What was Marcion of Sinope's logic, in terms of his views of two Gods, and what to do about the Jewish contamination in the gospels?

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

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

7. 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?

8. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Discuss, in depth, the three concerns written about in the treatise that is the Epistle to the Hebrews. What three concerns does the author either discuss openly, or imply? Why were these particular concerns? What had happened in society that caused these concerns? How did the letter address these concerns? How are these concerns interrelated, according to Mack? What does Mack claim this shows the author was trying to do? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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