We know the guy is long on bluster and bellicosity, and claims to be taking high level "biblical" courses (toward some kind of 'degree' I presume) from an online Bible College. But this elicits the question of whether Mikey can even score one question right, far less pass, a serious test from a real university.
Well, to answer this, I managed to dig up an old test on biblical Exegesis from Loyola University. I will provide the questions below, and lay anyone ten to one odds "Pastor Mike" (as he liked to once call himself, before getting his online presence shut down for proposing a National Atheist Registry) won't even address them. Anyway, the test is below, should he possess the cojones to answer them - say via comment mode. (No, Mikey, I promise over my dead pet gator Gonzo's body, not to publish them!)
TIME: 90 minutes - NO Googling!
1. Estimate the percentage of the Qumran scrolls that are copies of books of the Bible. Of which proto-canonical books were there copies or fragments? Of which deutero-canonical books? Define each type of book, making clear any unfamiliar terms.
2. WHY are the Qumran scrolls of such great importance? Why would it be erroneous to conclude that these scrolls provide us with the original reading of the New Testament books?
3.What aids did biblical scholars already possess toward reconstructing the original reading of the Old Testament books? How have the discoveries at Qumran enhanced the value of the Septuagint translation as a reliable aid for reconstructing the original reading of the Old Testament that appears in the scrolls?
4. How (not how much) have the Qumran scrolls contributed to our knowledge of the history of Judaism? What caution(s) must we keep in mind when reconstructing Israelite history from these scrolls?
5. Three fourths of the Dead Sea Scrolls are writings composed by the Essenes themselves, treating their religious views and way of life. What have we learned from them about the Essenes' beliefs to do with the "angel of light" and the "angel of darkness"? What have we learned about their beliefs concerning the Messiah?
6. Discuss the moral views and practices of the Qumran sectarians as they might have impacted their texts-scrolls. Give at least two specific examples and expand on them at length, including likely copyist errors.
7. Half the original manuscript witness sources, including a Bodmer papyrus and Beza's Codex, omit the last line (accorded to Jesus) from Luke 23:33-34. What does this omission convey concerning the textual tradition of this sentence? What general caution does this provide concerning exegesis for the synoptic gospels in general?
8. Some Protestant biblical scholars used to hold that St. John's Gospel could not possibly have been written by a Jewish Christian living at the time of Christ. They asserted it was more likely written in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., because of the terminology and ideas in St. John's Gospel reflecting an abstract dualistic theology (e.g. emphasizing the conflict between light and darkness).
Explain how the Qumran documents smashed this theory. Why would Jesus (as reported in his speeches in St. John's Gospel) have used such terminology and ideas?
9. Discuss fully the new insight for interpreting the 'Epistle to the Hebrews' which we get from the Qumran scrolls.
10. The word "mystery" (Greek 'musterion': 'what is known only to the initiated') occurs twenty seven times in the official New Testament and almost all these occurrences demonstrate the "secret infrastructure of a nascent cult". Further, a careful reading of the Pauline Epistles, and Gospels (supplemented by modern documentary discoveries- such as at Qumran) shows Christianity began as a mystery religion, replete with initiations, secrets and multiple levels of indoctrination.
The 'mystagogoue' element is also very evident in passages such as 1 Cor. 2:6 ff.
Explain the nature of a "mystery religion". Do you concur that Christianity - from the scriptural elements, passages noted- qualifies as such? Why or why not? If the negative, provide an alternative exegesis to make sense of 1 Cor. 2:6 ff.
Come on, Mikey! Give the test a try! Or, are you worried that your online background from 'Smokehouse Online Bible College' won't be adequate to meet the challenge?
Hey, no problemo! I understand! There are some things you're cut out for (e.g. putting photo-shopped .jpg images of Krimhilde, my Eckist sister-in-law and myself into Hell cartoons on your graffiti blog) and some things beyond you. Like passing a basic test from a real university, or hell even taking it!