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Q, the Earliest Gospel: An Introduction to the Original Stories and Sayings of Jesus [Paperback]

By John S. Kloppenborg (Author)
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Did the lost gospel known as "Q" exist? What is its significance to modern Christianity? In this thought-provoking study, Kloppenborg contends that this "sayings gospel" predated the Synoptic accounts and focused not on Jesus' salvific death but on his nature as a prophetic critic of unbelief and his vision for a just society.

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Estimated to date back to the very early Jesus movement, the lost Gospel known as Q offers a distinct and remarkable picture of Jesus and his significance--and one that differs markedly from that offered by its contemporary, the apostle Paul.

Q presents Jesus as a prophetic critic of unbelief and a sage with the wisdom that can transform. In Q, the true meaning of the "kingdom of God" is the fulfillment of a just society through the transformation of the human relationships within it.

Though this document has never been found, John Kloppenborg offers a succinct account of why scholars maintain it existed in the first place and demonstrates how they have been able to reconstruct its contents and wording from the two later Gospels that used it as a source: Matthew and Luke. Presented here in its entirety, as developed by the International Q Project, this Gospel reveals a very different portrait of Jesus than in much of the later canonical writings, challenging the way we think of Christian origins and the very nature and mission of Jesus Christ.

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  • Library Journal - 11/01/2008 page 72

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   170
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2008
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0664232221  
ISBN13  9780664232221  

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More About John S. Kloppenborg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John S. Kloppenborg is Professor of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is well-known for his ground-breaking work on the Sayings Gospel Q. His most recent publication is "Excavating Q: The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel." He is currently writing a commentary on James for the Hermeneia series.

John S. Kloppenborg was born in 1951.

John S. Kloppenborg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
  2. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement (Hardcover
  3. Library of New Testament Studies
  4. Studies in Antiquity & Christianity

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Earliest Gospel  Mar 11, 2009
I'm looking forward to reading Q, which I had heard of before, but never really understood what it meant......
Earliest Gospel  Mar 6, 2009
A clear description of the source Q. A very different view of Jesus held by the early Galilean followers of Jesus. The theme is survival rather than salvation.
Excellent scholarship  Oct 24, 2008
Q, the Earliest Gospel, while a small book, is an excellent coverage of the subject, both with respect to the reasons all but blind conservative Biblical Scholars recognize that Luke and Matthew had at hand a sayings document, now called 'Q' when creating their respective gospels. Kloppenborg also very clearly indicates what the approach of 'Q' is when seen as a document in its own right rather than as the variously altered part of either Matthew or Luke. It is an excellent approach to the subject of 'Q' and 'Q' Scholarship. The only people who won't like it are head-in-the-sand evangelical or fundamentalistic conservatives, and intellectually, what they prefer to think doesn't really matter as it is based not so much on cogent evidence, but on their emotional inability to see past what they were taught in Sunday School by those who blindly accept such faulty notions that so-called holy books are some kind of direct revelation from a god.
Informed, Impressively Scholarly Yet Clear-Sighted and Easy To Read!  Oct 14, 2008
The author of this book, Professor John S. Kloppenborg, was the co-editor of both "The Critical Edition of Q" and "The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English." He is therefore in a unique position not only to introduce this initial collection of sayings and stories of Jesus, but to explain both how this reconstruction was formulated, and its importance to an understanding of the philosophy and character of early Christianity. In the course of this discussion, Professor Kloppenborg is also of course concerned to demonstrate how both Matthew and Luke adapted Document Q to suit their own purposes. For example, the beatitudes which Matthew groups in what we term his "chapter five", using the well-known literary device we call "The Sermon on the Mount", were probably originally gathered in Document Q in various places. From Q, they can be rendered as follows: "Blessed are you poor, for God's reign is for you. Blessed are you who hunger, for you will eat your fill. Blessed are you who mourn, for you will be consoled. Blessed are you when they insult and persecute you, and say every kind of evil against you because of the Son of Man. Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. Many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but never saw it, and to hear what you hear, but never heard it. [Blessed are the humble]. Everyone exalting himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord." Notice that this list omits the verse promising "the humble and lowly" that they will "inherit the earth", which, in my opinion, can certainly be regarded as a gloss. All told, this introduction to Q is fascinating, informative and superbly researched. I have only two extremely minor reservations. I was surprised that, despite the lengthy discussions and comparisons with the Gospel of Thomas in the text, that Marvin Meyer's book was not listed in "Further Reading". And I was a little amazed the author asserts that the meaning of the very peculiar Greek word "epiousios" is not known. Jerome tells us that it means "super-substantial." My research indicates that the word was a slang term referring to the super-generous or overly generous daily ration of food that an overseer or foreman might receive. See my book, More Bible Wisdom for Modern Times: Selections from the Early New Testament

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