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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.
I've learned a lot from this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn more about Q and its impact on the Gospels both canonical and non-canonical.
Why should we think there was a Q? is the first chapter and the longest (40 pages). Unfortunately, 40 pages is not sufficient to make a good case for Q much less to give fair time to the alternate theories about why Matthew and Luke differ from Mark in certain ways. Indeed, there is a lack of substantial charts and diagrams to fully flush out the points that Kloppenborg makes, and so he relies on the reader having an expert knowledge of the 4 gospels. Time and time again he'll say something like - "Take, for example, John the Baptist's address to the crowds (Matt. 3:7-10 \\ Luke 3:7-9). The agreement between Matthew and Luke is remarkable..." I, for one, would like to see the passages themselves and make my own judgement as to whether or not the agreement is remarkable. In the entire first chapter, he only provides 3 illustrations of what he is talking about. The rest of the time the reader will be forced to go to the gospels and look at it themselves. Now, in an advanced book this would be acceptable, but in a book that purports to be an introduction, more use should have been made of these types of comparison charts.
In addition, Kloppenborg deals with the gospels as if they were written at a single moment in time. In truth, the gospels were likely composed over centuries, with pieces being added and subtracted all the time. This dynamic writing needs to be addrsssed when we compare the gospels, but Kloppenborg tends to treat them as if they were written once.Read more ›
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Very thoughtful and informative. Written clearly and and answers the "so what" question very well.Published 6 days ago by Dorothy Ferguson
John S. Kloppenborg is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Toronto. He received both an M.A. and Ph.D. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John M. Kight
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 10 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 15 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 15 months ago by Darin R. Swan
This is not a readable book. It is an index of Gospels and topics that require further researchPublished 17 months ago by Greendiva