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 the Bible is the story of?

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

3. What does Mack claim about Justin's treatise to the Jews?

4. What became an interest for early third century scholars?

5. How did early Christians think of their world?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the Jewish scripture available to early Christians consist of?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, in detail, the cosmic views that Mack claims are presented in the following texts. Be sure to include why Mack claims these texts reveal an image of Jesus as a cosmic lord, and the tools used to present Jesus in such a way.

• Gospel of John

• Letters to the Colossians and Ephesians

• Epistle to the Hebrews

• Revelation to John

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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