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Q, the Earliest Gospel: An Introduction to the Original Stories and Sayings of Jesus Paperback – October 3, 2008
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This book is concise enough to keep moving along, but detailed enough to make you have to reread some lines to make sure you are fully comprehending what he is telling you. Kloppenborg gets into discussions about whether Q was in fact oral tradition that was handed down or was it a written document? He shows different sides of the arguments regarding the influences of Q on the Gospels, and why some of them were written differently even though they came from the same source document. He explains how Q talks about Jesus differently from the Gospel of Mark, and therefore sheds light on Jesus in important ways. Kloppenborg explains how early writers of the Gospels wrote their versions of the Gospel of Q slightly differently, creating interpretations based on their audiences, which was something used by scribes and translators at the that time to try to make their version more accessible to the audience it was being written for. This book is a great book for beginning to grasp what is known, and what is still unknown, as it relates to the Q Gospel. He also explains why it is referred to as a Gospel.
Today, Kloppenborg is considered by many in the field to be one of the world’s leading experts on the Q source. The issues surrounding Q can be especially complex for the average reader who is unfamiliar with the synoptic problem and the conversations therein. Of course, this makes the task of creating a widely accessible introduction particularly challenging, as it requires beyond average familiarity with practically every corner of this scholarly discussion. It is here, I believe, that Q, The Earliest Gospel has provided something special for readers of all interest levels to engage. Kloppenborg attentively guides the reader through four fundamental questions—why should we think there was a Q? What did Q look like? What difference does Q make? And what happened to Q?—and provides the reader with ample interaction and examples to evaluate therein.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thoughtful and informative. Written clearly and and answers the "so what" question very well.Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Ferguson
Kloppenborg is THE person to go to if one wants to be informed on the Q source material. Whether you come to agree with this source theory or not, this book will leave you... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris Ringler
Well written description of this earliest Christian record...still looking into aspects I question but will get you taking a different look at the Synoptic Gospels. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lawrence Scott
An excellent treatise on the Book of Q. Not only does this text cover the academic depth justifying Q's existence, but the first half of the text is accessible by the layperson. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Darin R. Swan
This is not a readable book. It is an index of Gospels and topics that require further researchPublished 18 months ago by Greendiva
Had expected a format like the Bible, rather than just commentary.Published 19 months ago by Edwin Sanders