Christianity in the Greco-Roman World

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Question 1

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

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The biblical phrase “a day’s journey” typically meant
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  • 15 miles on donkey
  • 20 miles on foot
  • 30 miles on foot
  • 30 miles on a donkey

Question 3

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Sailing during the winter virtually stopped during the winter due to bad weather. These months where:
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  • Oct – March
  • Nov – April
  • June – Sept
  • Sept – Feb

Question 4

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One of the greatest fears of the ancients, which is also reflected in their literature, was:
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  • Being robbed on the highway
  • A humiliating loss of personal social status
  • Maritime disasters
  • Invasion from barbarians

Question 5

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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:
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  • baths
  • market place
  • The Forum
  • A and C
  • B and A

Question 6

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

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Cursus Honurum means:
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  • 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

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Emperor worship began in earnest after the posthumous deification of:
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  • Julius Caesar
  • Octavian
  • Mark Antony
  • Nero

Question 9

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The central element in the synagogue gathering was:
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  • Collection for widows and orphans
  • reading of the Torah
  • ceremonial cleansing with water
  • Prayer and worship

Question 10

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In the Greco-Roman world prisons were used:
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  • 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

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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)
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  • Isthmian
  • Olympic
  • Caesarean
  • A and C
  • All of the above

Question 12

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A crucial difference between ancient Mediterranean societies and contemporary western societies is:
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  • The patron-client system
  • The absence of a middle class
  • Small population of wealthy elite
  • The place of women in society

Question 13

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The utter disdain for manual labor among the upper classes best sheds light on which of Paul’s books:
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  • 2 timothy
  • 2 Corinthians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • Ephesians

Question 14

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Which book of Paul’s could be read as an assault on the imperial order?
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  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • Hebrews
  • Philippians

Question 15

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

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Which aspect of Paul’s life is most affected by its place within the context of the Roman patronage system?
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  • Tent-making
  • His collection for the poor
  • Refusal of the Corinthians support in his ministry
  • His blindness

Question 17

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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:
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  • Were motivated by a desire to gain status
  • Gave directly from their own pockets
  • Helped only Roman citizens
  • Gave food, not money.

Question 18

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Which book is home to Paul’s “most theologically weighty ideas, penetrating to the heart of his apostleship”?
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  • Colossians
  • Ephesians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Corinthians

Question 19

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Choose the lists which shows populations from highest to lowest:
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  • Rome, Corinth, Antioch
  • Rome, Antioch, Corinth
  • Rome, Corinth, Ephesus
  • Corinth, Antioch, Rome

Question 20

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Which of the following problems did Greco-Roman cities face?
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  • Social unrest and riots
  • Overpopulation
  • Massive disparities in wealth
  • All of the above

Question 21

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In the Greco-Roman world, a insulae was:
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  • 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

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In the Greco-Roman world, a tabernae was:
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  • 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

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In the Greco-Roman world, the triclinium was:
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  • 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

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The Latin phrase patria potestas means literally:
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  • ‘Power of father’
  • ‘order of the family’
  • ‘fatherly authority’
  • ‘right to rule/govern’

Question 25

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The authority of the father over the family ended:
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  • 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

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According to Hubbard, what was frequently identified as the fountainhead of all vice:
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  • Divorce and adultery
  • sexual indulgence
  • wealth and luxury
  • ungoverned passions

Question 27

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Which philosophical system saw marriage as a burden that will only hinder a man:
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  • Stoic
  • Cynic
  • Epicureans
  • Asceticists

Question 28

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

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According to Hubbard, the percentage of slaves in Rome was:
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  • 20-25%
  • 33-40%
  • 17-30%
  • Over 45%

Question 30

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Augustales were:
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  • 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

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Which is NOT true:
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  • 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

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According to Hubbard, a crucial part of Paul’s ministry was teaching:
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  • In the market
  • In the synagogue
  • From ‘house to house’
  • In the forum

Question 33

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In what scripture passage does Paul “use almost the whole gamut of familial relations” (pg.200):
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  • 1 Thess 2:18-17
  • 2 Cor 3:1-21
  • Rom 5:12-32
  • Phil 2:9-20

Question 34

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According to Hubbard, Paul’s comments in 1 Cor 7 corresponds to a large extent to the position of:
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  • Moderate Cynics
  • Moderate Stoics
  • The early church
  • Epictetus

Question 35

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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:
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  • 1 Cor 8:7
  • 1 Cor 7:7
  • Eph 6:2
  • Eph 5:26

Question 36

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According to Hubbard, the primary importance of the Christian household was:
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  • A model for the organization of the ecclesia
  • Platform for the advance of the gospel
  • Both
  • Neither

Question 37

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Which city was known for having apostles and elders and a strong leadership structure:
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  • Antioch
  • Jerusalem
  • Galatia
  • Colossae

Question 38

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Timothy and Titus were appointed by Paul to lead the churches in:
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  • Crete and Colossae
  • Colossae and Thessalonica
  • Ephesus and Crete
  • Ephesus and Colossae

Question 39

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In which city was class distinction/discrimination at the Lord’s table a serious problem:
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  • Rome
  • Ephesus
  • Corinthians
  • Crete

Question 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:
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  • 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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