Week 3: New Testament Parables

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Background Quiz

The following is a list of statements which are either True or False. When you take the quiz, you will have 10 of these statements, chosen at random. You can take the quiz up to 5 times, and your average score will be recorded.

Apply the 80% RULE when you are taking quizzes for these classes. In other words: don't stress about trying to get 100% on these quizzes. The quizzes are here to make sure you are ready to go on to the next activity. If you get 80% or better, you are ready to proceed. If you get less than 80% you need to go back and do the reading again (read more slowly, take notes) and take the quiz again, aiming for at least 80%.

  1. T or F ? Parables are didactic stories.
  2. T or F ? Jesus told a story about a lost sheep to teach a lesson to King David.
  3. T or F ? Jericho is a city located in upper Egypt.
  4. T or F ? The Nag Hammadi "library" contains many important early Christian texts.
  5. T or F ? Pontius Pilate was the Roman procurator of Judea from 26 C.E. to 36 C.E.
  6. T or F ? Like the Buddhist jataka tales, the Christian parables often feature talking animals.
  7. T or F ? The term "Sabbath" refers to the Jewish holy day of rest.
  8. T or F ? Luke, Matthew, and Mark are the "synoptic" gospels.
  9. T or F ? The main function of parables is their entertainment value.
  10. T or F ? The Hebrew word "mashal" is the equivalent of the Greek "parabole," or parable.
  11. T or F ? The Gospel of Thomas contains some of the same parables as Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
  12. T or F ? The Gospel of Thomas was discovered at Nag Hammadi in Syria in 1972.
  13. T or F ? The Gospel of Thomas is a "non-canonical" gospel.
  14. T or F ? Like the Jews, the Samaritans offered ritual sacrifices at the Temple in Jerusalem.
  15. T or F ? The Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in the year 45 B.C.E.
  16. T or F ? The Greek word "parabole" means "teacher."
  17. T or F ? Isaiah was one of the most prominent of Jesus's disciples.
  18. T or F ? Luke, Matthew, Mark and John are the "canonical" gospels.
  19. T or F ? The most elaborate frametales for the parables are found in the Gospel of Thomas.
  20. T or F ? The term "Levite" referred to Roman tax collectors.
  21. T or F ? King David was in love with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah.
  22. T or F ? Luke, Matthew, Mark and John are the "synoptic" gospels.
  23. T or F ? The Gospel of Thomas is often considered to be a "gnostic" gospel.
  24. T or F ? The Hebrew word "Satan" means "adversary," as does the Greek word "diabolos."
  25. T or F ? The Greek term "gnosis" means "plain" or "obvious."

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