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 term replaced "disciples"?

2. What does Mack claim the author of Acts found, in terms of an answer to what Christianity owed to Jewish history?

3. What does canon mean?

4. Who began to give an account of the new religion to Greeks, Romans, and others?

5. What were the disciple teachers known as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

7. What are the four types of miracle interpretation occurring in the Gospel of John?

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

9. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the five Jesus groups listed below and discuss their characteristics, and the primary teachings their movement brings forth. Be sure to include what they believed, and why, as well as their primary influence on the concept of Jesus and society in general.

-Community of Q

-Jesus School

-True Disciples of the Gospel of Thomas

-Congregation of Israel

-Jerusalem Pillars

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Acts of the Apostles, in detail. What was the point of this document? Who is believed to be the author? When was it written? What stories are contained within the Acts, and what is their purpose to modern Christianity? What literary styles did the author use to create a cohesive history of gospel cohesiveness? What did the speeches within Acts attempt to convey, and were they successful? How did Acts relate to Judaism? Be sure to include information contained in the book in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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