The 1101 Spring 2004 Quiz #6 makeup 4/19/04Name:______________________

Respond to the following three essay questions. This is due by noon on Monday, May 3. You may send it to me by e-mail, deliver it to me personally before the end of classes this week, or leave it for me with the department secretary. If you leave it with the secretary, make sure it has my name on it, as well as yours.

In John 3, Jesus has a conversation with a Jewish leader named Nicodemus. Nicodemus is portrayed as completely misunderstanding Jesus because he takes wrongly the meaning of a Greek word. What is that word, and what does it mean? What is Jesus trying to tell Nicodemus, and how is the Jewish leader misunderstanding him? Why is the language spoken an issue in this passage? What sort of resolutions might be suggested regarding the language problem.

What is Gnosticism and how does it relate to early Christianity? How is the notion of 'salvation' in Gnosticism different from that generally associated with 'catholic' Christianity? What is the relationship between Gnosticism and the 1st Epistle of John? Was Gnosticism more likely to be ascetic or antinomian (why?)?

Contrast adoptionism and docetism. Have we read any texts that support either of these positions? If so, which ones? Did any early Christians believe in both? Explain. How did 'catholic' Christianity end up resolving the issues presented by these doctrines?