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The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins by [Mack, Burton L.]
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Burton L. Mack is John Wesley Professor of the New Testament at the school of Theology at Claremont and the author of The Lost Gospel: The Book Q and Christian Origin and A Myth of Innocence: Mark and Christian Origins.


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  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (26 Feb. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Theologians have observed for many decades that two of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, and Luke)dozens of similarities.
In actual fact, the writings have many dozens of phrases and sentences that are identical.
This observation led to the proposition that both gospels were based largely on an earlier document, which has been lost.
It is called "Q" meaning "Quelle," German for "source."
Various liberal theologians have therefore been able to reconstruct the gospel.
Some postulate that it was written in three stages:
Q1, written circa 50 CE, which portrayed Jesus as as a Jewish philosopher-teacher.
Q2, written during the 60's CE, which portrayed Jesus as a Jewish apocalyptic prophet.
Q3, written during the mid 70's at a time of turmoil in Palestine with Jesus portrayed as a near-deity who conversed with God and Satan.

The authors of the Gospels of Matthew (circa 80 CE) and Luke (circa 90 CE) wrote their versions using text from Q, Mark and their own unique traditions.
The author of the Gospel of Thomas also used portions of Q1 and Q2 in his writing, but seems to have been unaware of Q3.
This gospel was widely circulated within the early Christian movement but did not make it into the Christian Scriptures

As with so many aspects of Christianity, religious conservatives and liberals take opposing views about Q:
Religious conservatives tend to ignore and turn a blind eye to the Gospel of Q and its surrounding controversy.
Some even believe that the book does not exist.
They believe that God might have caused Matthew, Mark, and Luke to write similar passages when he directly inspired the gospel authors.
Others say that the Gospel of Q may have existed but tell themselves that it is unimportant.
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Different edition with same contents. Fasciating look at the 'Lost Xianities; delving into the Earliest of writings and saying og the X.
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A fascinating voyage of discovery into early and pre-Christianity: one of the most profoundly important periods in human history. There is a lot of detail in this book, yet it is layed out and described very clearly, easily readable for the layman. It comes from a theological historian's point of view, rather than from a purely religious one, and shows many things in a whole new light.

The people of the time of Jesus were facing various socio-political and existential struggles which are very much relevant to the world today, and this book offers a little extra insight into the events of the day, and how movements such as the Greek Cynics attempted to deal with them. It also deals bravely but sensibly with the rather contentious issue of 'who was Jesus?' and what part he played in the events of the times.

One of the main questions left open by the book, is the issue of how to preserve what is good? how to maintain a vibrant set of social values which are full of life, vitality and creativity, without leaving them open to corruption, destortion and decay?

Rather than give away the punchline to the book, I will just say that it is a very credable study which, if taken as seriously as it is due, opens up a whole new can of worms regarding the already checkered history of western religion and the Bible, and its use and abuse by various individuals and political entities for their own ends.
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Introduction

Like some others, I began to search for the "Historical Jesus" and the "Historical Gospel Authors" in my quest to rationalise the Biblical stories found in the Gospels and to my surprise I discovered that many theologians and academics had already been along this same path in recent years. But this continued search for the origins and truth of our Biblical history has only surfaced in more recent years with the majority of theologians and scholars confining their search from within the 'box,' Biblical writings, so that they would not be immediately rejected as heretics. Authors like D.M.Murdock who wrote, "The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ" was published in January 2011, or James K. Bielby and Paul R. Eddy who wrote, "The Historical Jesus: Five Views," in Feb 2010, or Washington Gladden who wrote, "Who Wrote the Bible? A Book for the People" in July 2008, all stayed well within the 'box,' the Gospels, and thus were not able to throw much new light on the "historical Jesus" that was not already obvious. The Gospels have always been accepted by evangelicals as the "historical stories?" of Jesus, his miracles, his resurrection, his being the son of God, and his being the Messiah without question. The Gospels, and her editors have created a masterpiece with their literary skills to present today's edited and re-edited works into a polished book accepted by Christians all over the world. But there still exists sceptics even among scholars and theologians and the lay public.

One such scholar of early Christian history and the New Testament, and Wesley Professor emeritus, who was sceptical of of traditional Christian New Testament was Professor Burton L Mack.
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