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The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus [Hardcover]

Marcus J. Borg , Ray Riegert
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Oct 1996
The Lost Gospel Q - written by Jesus' contemporaries and preserving his original words - brings you closer to the historical figure of Jesus than ever before. A sacred handbook for his earliest followers, The Last Gospel Q is a window into the world of ancient Christianity. It contains the original Sermon on the Mount, Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer, as well as parables, aphorisms, and Jesus' guidance on living a simple and compassionate life. Lost for two thousand years, no copy of this Gospel has ever been found. But for the past one hundred and fifty years, historians and theologians around the world have been rediscovering the fragments. Working like archaeologists, they have dug through the many layers of the New Testament to finally uncover the original Gospel upon which key elements of the Bible are based.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569751005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569751008
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By NotBob
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This short book gives the text of the additional material used by Matthew and Luke to include more of the teachings of Jesus as they rework the text of Mark to produce their own, longer writings. It is thought that this source circulated independently before being lost as a separate collection of teachings. This text has been derived by subtraction and deduction from the three synoptic gospels. It makes very interesting reading and gives a fresh portrait of Jesus without narrative and theological overlay added by each of the gospel authors. Highly recommended.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Book 5 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The arguments for the existence of THE LOST GOSPEL Q put forth by Marcus Borg in the Preface are the most interesting and provocative part of this book. It is easy to understand why the work of the Jesus Seminar is challenged by skeptics. However, I do think it is important not to dismiss it too quickly before it receives the attention and scrutiny it deserves. THE LOST GOSPEL Q is a serious attempt to shed light on the historical Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown Source 5 Dec 2001
By Patrick Doherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is based on the theory that the Gospel of Mark was written before any of the other synoptic Gospels. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke were then written with the help of those from Mark and another unknown source which is called the Gospel Q. In 1838 a German noticed that there were many sayings of Jesus which were common to Matthew and Luke but not included in Mark. The Lost Gospel Q is comprised of these sayings. Adding fuel to the argument was the discovery in 1945 near the Upper Nile River in Egypt of a codex called the Gospel of Thomas. It contained 114 sayings of Jesus. Over one-third of these sayings were similar to those found in the Lost Gospel Q.
If you accept the idea of the probable existence of Q, then you can look forward to reading sayings of Jesus which were recorded and used by some of His earliest followers less than two decades after His death and resurrection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Lost Gospel Q", A Review 12 Oct 2005
By Beth Avary - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Lost Gospel Q"* is what many scholars believe to be the first Christian Gospel. Although this Gospel was never actually found, scholars surmise its existence because of over two hundred identical verses found in Matthew and Luke but not in Mark. Since most scholars don't think Matthew and Mark knew each other, this material must have come from another source, what they call the Gospel Q. Then in 1945 early Christian manuscripts were found in Nag Hammadi. Among these was the Gospel of Thomas. One third of the sayings in it were found to be similar to those in Q. This demonstrated that Q was more than a collection of quotes. It was a handbook for early Christians, or pre-Christians.
The name Q comes from the German word Quelle, meaning source. It is believed this gospel was written only a couple of decades after Jesus died, and is therefore the closest thing we have to what he actually said, a real look into the spirit of Jesus.
The editors insert commentary on the text and time to help the reader picture what the historical Jesus and the day he lived in were like. It is a fascinating little book for anyone wishing to go back to the beginnings of the Jesus tradition.

Beth Avary
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*Edited by Mark Powelson, Ray Riegert, and Marcus Borg consulting editor, with an introduction by Thomas Moore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars QUELLE: source 16 Dec 1998
By FreeWyngz@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
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The whole concept behind "Q" was to reconstruct the original sayings of Jesus. Many quotes of Jesus found in scripture might very well have been embellished or outright forged. And so it is of interest to some to endeavor to find the original or "lost" sayings of Jesus. This can be achieved by digging through the gospels and comparing/contrasting their contents until a common thread is found which might better reveal Jesus' true words. Thus, the quelle or source of Jesus' sayings is found. This little book is a fine work and effort. It certainly lives up to its concept.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but definitely not for the serious Biblical Scholar 30 Jan 2010
By Allen Vander Meulen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book's intended market is lay Christian readers with an interest in learning what scholars think the proposed ancient "Q" text contained. (I'll avoid going into all the details of how scholars determined that "Q" existed and what it contained, as many of my fellow Amazon reviewers have already done so.)

From that point of view, this is an interesting book. Each of the "Q" sayings of Jesus are presented alone on a page, with an occasional footnote providing some explanations or interesting background information relating to the saying. A cross reference is also provided at the back of the book, making it easy to cross reference "Q" with the parallel scriptures in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

However, this is not a scholarly work. The introduction, in particular, seems a bit sensationalist, and the footnoting is very sparse, at best. I also noticed that the cross reference table in the back of the book seems to indicate that some of Jesus' sayings in Luke or Matthew that are identified as being part of "Q" do not, in fact, exist in both Gospels, which the authors claim is a foundational requirement. No explanation is provided as to why this is so.

I'd recommend this book as a good resource for allowing you to meditate-on and appreciate Jesus sayings without the "distractions" introduced by the writers of those two gospels (in terms of the juxtaposition of these sayings with material from other sources). Doing so is something I found to be very satisfying and enlightening. Yet, the biblical scholar in me cringes a bit at how the material is presented, and the lack of supporting and explanatory material.

As a book meant for lay readers, this work hits its target. The major negative from that point of view is the bit of sensationalism mentioned above. I also think that more footnoting or other explanatory material would have been appreciated by all readers. Therefore, I'll rate this book as three stars: worth getting, but not as satisfying as I'd hoped it would be.
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reveals the historical Jesus in a completely new light 28 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having turned away from the Bible, I discovered the Lost Gospel of Q to be a wonderful way to experience Jesus as the humane, powerful, and mystical teacher. This is a perfect companion to Jesus books by Marcus Borg and Crossan. Beautifully presented and published! Stripping away the centuries of church interpretations makes Jesus much more compelling and alive.
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