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 the Didache contain?

2. What were the disciple teachers known as?

3. What did Justin argue to the Romans about Christianity?

4. Who defended the centrist Christian position from those who challenged it?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain the conversion of Constantine, and why it was pivotal in the creation of the Bible.

6. 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?

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

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

9. Describe the situation in the empire since the reign of Caligula, in terms of the political mood of the Jews.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Mack's three arguments about why the Bible has survived unquestioned throughout history. Why does he say this has happened? Be sure to discuss Mack's views of the Bible as an oracle, the Bible as the ritual text of Christianity, and the Bible's function as an epic for the American dream. What are each of these, and why do they help to position the Bible in a high, unquestionable place of power?

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

Describe the three ways in which Paul fought the super apostles at Corinth. Be sure to include all three of his arguments, including the idea of an old and new covenant, the Adam-Jesus comparison, and the use of allegory to turn the old covenant into the story of Christ. How did Paul use each of these arguments? What were the arguments? Be sure to include details from the book to explain the arguments, and to support them.

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