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

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 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 why Mack believes his book can help view Christianity in a new way, and what he fantasizes about in terms of an honest discussion of the Bible, and Christianity as a whole. What does he think we should do, in terms of religion? Why does he think his book can help humanity begin to question Christianity as a source for social order? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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