Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Burton L. Mack
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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were the revisions of the scriptures not convincing before 70 C.E.?

2. What does Mack claim about Paul's letters to Colossians and Ephesians?

3. What does Mack believe the authors intended to convey by having Peter and James defend Paul's ideas about Jewish law?

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

5. What does Mack say about the letter of Jude?

Essay 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

Explain, in detail, the mythologies that were used to provide the logic for the concept of Jesus' death and resurrection. Be sure to include information about the Greek myth of noble death, the Jewish concepts of martyrdom, the Jewish myth of the persecuted sage, examples of each, and how these myths tied into the Christ cult's concept of the death and resurrection.

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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