Christianity in the Greco-Roman World

Question 1 of 40

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What aspect of the Greco-Roman world makes it distinctly different from any other time in Greek and Roman civilizations?

Select one of the following:

  • The feasibility of traveling from country to country and city to city

  • The establishment of trade laws

  • The pervasiveness of the patronage system

  • The invention of the chariot for transport

Question 2 of 40

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The biblical phrase “a day’s journey” typically meant

Select one of the following:

  • 15 miles on donkey

  • 20 miles on foot

  • 30 miles on foot

  • 30 miles on a donkey

Question 3 of 40

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Sailing during the winter virtually stopped during the winter due to bad weather. These months where:

Select one of the following:

  • Oct – March

  • Nov – April

  • June – Sept

  • Sept – Feb

Question 4 of 40

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One of the greatest fears of the ancients, which is also reflected in their literature, was:

Select one of the following:

  • Being robbed on the highway

  • A humiliating loss of personal social status

  • Maritime disasters

  • Invasion from barbarians

Question 5 of 40

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Hubbard mentions 4 major institutions of Greco-Roman cities which are important in the NT. Which of these are among the four:

Select one of the following:

  • baths

  • market place

  • The Forum

  • A and C

  • B and A

Question 6 of 40

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The temple was the most prominent feature in a city. Which of the following was a function of the temple?

Select one of the following:

  • A facility for private parties

  • A bank for placing deposits and taking loans

  • A place for holding festivities to the patron god of the temple

  • All of the above

  • None of the above

Question 7 of 40

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Cursus Honurum means:

Select one of the following:

  • The peace of Rome

  • A Roman ladder of success in political offices

  • Being held in particular favour by the god

  • A curse normally delivered by a demon possessed person

Question 8 of 40

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Emperor worship began in earnest after the posthumous deification of:

Select one of the following:

  • Julius Caesar

  • Octavian

  • Mark Antony

  • Nero

Question 9 of 40

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The central element in the synagogue gathering was:

Select one of the following:

  • Collection for widows and orphans

  • reading of the Torah

  • ceremonial cleansing with water

  • Prayer and worship

Question 10 of 40

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In the Greco-Roman world prisons were used:

Select one of the following:

  • As holding tanks for death-row prisoners

  • As holding tanks for prisoners awaiting trial

  • As places of punishment for those already sentenced

  • As places for long-term incarceration

Question 11 of 40

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The ______ games were managed by Corinth to make it one of the premier sporting centers in the empire. (fill in the blank)

Select one of the following:

  • Isthmian

  • Olympic

  • Caesarean

  • A and C

  • All of the above

Question 12 of 40

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A crucial difference between ancient Mediterranean societies and contemporary western societies is:

Select one of the following:

  • The patron-client system

  • The absence of a middle class

  • Small population of wealthy elite

  • The place of women in society

Question 13 of 40

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The utter disdain for manual labor among the upper classes best sheds light on which of Paul’s books:

Select one of the following:

  • 2 timothy

  • 2 Corinthians

  • 1 Corinthians

  • Ephesians

Question 14 of 40

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Which book of Paul’s could be read as an assault on the imperial order?

Select one of the following:

  • 1 Thessalonians

  • 1 Corinthians

  • Hebrews

  • Philippians

Question 15 of 40

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What is Paul’s main thesis in 2 Corinthians? What aspect of Corinthian life would make it hard to accept?

Select one of the following:

  • Christ is superior to the emperor: the emperor worship cult

  • Strength hidden in weakness; the athleticism and competitiveness in society

  • Working amongst the poor is good and right; the social ideal that manual labor is a socially unacceptable thing

  • The present suffering is nothing compared to future glory; unbelief in the afterlife

Question 16 of 40

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Which aspect of Paul’s life is most affected by its place within the context of the Roman patronage system?

Select one of the following:

  • Tent-making

  • His collection for the poor

  • Refusal of the Corinthians support in his ministry

  • His blindness

Question 17 of 40

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Hubbard notes that Roman relief efforts for the poor was different from Paul’s collection for the saints because they normally:

Select one of the following:

  • Were motivated by a desire to gain status

  • Gave directly from their own pockets

  • Helped only Roman citizens

  • Gave food, not money.

Question 18 of 40

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Which book is home to Paul’s “most theologically weighty ideas, penetrating to the heart of his apostleship”?

Select one of the following:

  • Colossians

  • Ephesians

  • 1 Thessalonians

  • 2 Corinthians

Question 19 of 40

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Choose the lists which shows populations from highest to lowest:

Select one of the following:

  • Rome, Corinth, Antioch

  • Rome, Antioch, Corinth

  • Rome, Corinth, Ephesus

  • Corinth, Antioch, Rome

Question 20 of 40

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Which of the following problems did Greco-Roman cities face?

Select one of the following:

  • Social unrest and riots

  • Overpopulation

  • Massive disparities in wealth

  • All of the above

Question 21 of 40

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In the Greco-Roman world, a insulae was:

Select one of the following:

  • Multifloor apartment building

  • Small dining room set aside for entertaining guests

  • 2-3 room domiciles which could double as a workshop or store house

  • The entrance-way of a typical Roman house

Question 22 of 40

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In the Greco-Roman world, a tabernae was:

Select one of the following:

  • Multifloor apartment building

  • Small dining room set aside for entertaining guests

  • 2-3 room domiciles which could double as a workshop or store house

  • The entrance-way of a typical Roman house

Question 23 of 40

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In the Greco-Roman world, the triclinium was:

Select one of the following:

  • Multifloor apartment building

  • Small dining room set aside for entertaining guests

  • 2-3 room domiciles which could double as a workshop or store house

  • The entrance-way of a typical Roman house

Question 24 of 40

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The Latin phrase patria potestas means literally:

Select one of the following:

  • ‘Power of father’

  • ‘order of the family’

  • ‘fatherly authority’

  • ‘right to rule/govern’

Question 25 of 40

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The authority of the father over the family ended:

Select one of the following:

  • When his son married and started his own home

  • when his children reached adulthood

  • when he died

  • if he was no longer a citizen of Rome

Question 26 of 40

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According to Hubbard, what was frequently identified as the fountainhead of all vice:

Select one of the following:

  • Divorce and adultery

  • sexual indulgence

  • wealth and luxury

  • ungoverned passions

Question 27 of 40

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Which philosophical system saw marriage as a burden that will only hinder a man:

Select one of the following:

  • Stoic

  • Cynic

  • Epicureans

  • Asceticists

Question 28 of 40

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In general, Stoics and Cynics agreed in their belief that:

Select one of the following:

  • Sexual intercourse was for procreation, not pleasure

  • Marriage was a hindrance

  • Sexual intercourse was permissible if it was for pleasure

  • Marriage should be avoided at all costs

Question 29 of 40

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According to Hubbard, the percentage of slaves in Rome was:

Select one of the following:

  • 20-25%

  • 33-40%

  • 17-30%

  • Over 45%

Question 30 of 40

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Augustales were:

Select one of the following:

  • Associations of freedmen dedicated to advancing the imperial cult

  • Descendants of emperor Augustus who were held in special honor

  • Freed slaves who lived together for protection

  • A high-class of slaves who often took pride in their position over other slaves

Question 31 of 40

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Which is NOT true:

Select one of the following:

  • Slavery was seen by Stoics to be a matter of inward condition (ie. Self-mastery)

  • Seneca was more concerned with the moral development of the slave owner than slavery itself

  • A slave could only hope to escape cruel treatment by his/her master though death or manumission

  • Slavery was seen by the Stoics as one of the ‘indifference’ of life

  • None

Question 32 of 40

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According to Hubbard, a crucial part of Paul’s ministry was teaching:

Select one of the following:

  • In the market

  • In the synagogue

  • From ‘house to house’

  • In the forum

Question 33 of 40

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In what scripture passage does Paul “use almost the whole gamut of familial relations” (pg.200):

Select one of the following:

  • 1 Thess 2:18-17

  • 2 Cor 3:1-21

  • Rom 5:12-32

  • Phil 2:9-20

Question 34 of 40

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According to Hubbard, Paul’s comments in 1 Cor 7 corresponds to a large extent to the position of:

Select one of the following:

  • Moderate Cynics

  • Moderate Stoics

  • The early church

  • Epictetus

Question 35 of 40

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According to Hubbard, which of the following verses is the most important to keep in mind when trying to understand Paul’s view of singleness and marriage:

Select one of the following:

  • 1 Cor 8:7

  • 1 Cor 7:7

  • Eph 6:2

  • Eph 5:26

Question 36 of 40

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According to Hubbard, the primary importance of the Christian household was:

Select one of the following:

  • A model for the organization of the ecclesia

  • Platform for the advance of the gospel

  • Both

  • Neither

Question 37 of 40

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Which city was known for having apostles and elders and a strong leadership structure:

Select one of the following:

  • Antioch

  • Jerusalem

  • Galatia

  • Colossae

Question 38 of 40

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Timothy and Titus were appointed by Paul to lead the churches in:

Select one of the following:

  • Crete and Colossae

  • Colossae and Thessalonica

  • Ephesus and Crete

  • Ephesus and Colossae

Question 39 of 40

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In which city was class distinction/discrimination at the Lord’s table a serious problem:

Select one of the following:

  • Rome

  • Ephesus

  • Corinthians

  • Crete

Question 40 of 40

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According to Hubbard, our concern that the early church does not seem to be overly concerned with the presence of slavery should not be over stated because:

Select one of the following:

  • Paul teaches directly against the notion that slavery is acceptable

  • While Paul may have accepted slavery, Peter and the other apostles did not

  • Slavery was not as bad in the first century as it later became in the 17th-19th Centuries

  • Paul brings us into an atmosphere in which the institution of slavery could only wilt and die

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