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 about Justin's treatise to the Jews?

2. Who first discussed the twelve disciples?

3. What is the only feature that all Christian religions have in common?

4. What does Mack argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the four ways of reading the scripture that supported the Christian inclusion of Jewish scripture in their religion?

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. What does Mack say about the "overwhelming concern" in the Didache about the practice of alms, gift giving, and supporting those who ask for hand outs?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Mack's observations about James as an author in the first three centuries.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the conversion of Constantine led to the development of the Christian Bible. Who was Constantine? Why did his position in the Roman empire matter? What did he set out to do? What three events does Mack credit to the creation of the Christian Bible? What does he say about Augustus' role in Josephs list? What does he say about the Letter of Athenasius? How did the list of Eusebius play a role?

Essay Topic 2

Explain and analyze the two forces that Mack claims drive Christianity. What are those two forces? How do those forces move Christianity along? What tensions are involved in these forces? when did these forces begin to have an effect on Christianity? Where else did Biblical influence become apparent? Why are these factors important when examining the construction of the Christian bible?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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