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Q, the Earliest Gospel

John Kloppenborg
Q, the Earliest Gospel
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Q, the Earliest Gospel

John Kloppenborg

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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.

^Rather than privileging Jesus' death and resurrection as the saving events, highlighting his battles with demons, or concentrating on his messianic program of healing, this "Sayings Gospel" 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: debt relief, mutuality and reciprocity, nonretaliation,^and the total rejection of the long-standing Mediterranean honor and^shame codes.

^Though this document has never been found, 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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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.

^Rather than privileging Jesus' death and resurrection as the saving events, highlighting his battles with demons, or concentrating on his messianic program of healing, this "Sayings Gospel" 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: debt relief, mutuality and reciprocity, nonretaliation,^and the total rejection of the long-standing Mediterranean honor and^shame codes.

^Though this document has never been found, 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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John Kloppenborg

John S. Kloppenborg (Ph.D., University of St. Michaels College) is a world authority on Q and Professor of Religion at the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. He is author of Excavating Q: The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel, Tenants in the Vineyard: Ideology, Economics, & Agrarian Conflict in Jewish Palestine, and co-editor of The Critical Edition of Q, and most recently he has published Q, The Earliest Gospel .
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  • Catalogue Code 280168
  • Product Code 9780664232221
  • ISBN 0664232221
  • EAN 9780664232221
  • Pages 184
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2008
  • Sales Rank #47394
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 111 mm
  • Weight 0.505kg

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