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The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins

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This is the 1st full account of the lost gospel of Jesus' original followers, revealing him as a Jewish Socrates who was mythologized into the New Testament Christ. Compiled by his followers during his lifetime, the Book of Q (Quelle, German for source) became the prime foundation for the New Testament gospels. Once lost, it has been reconstructed thru a century of scholar ...more
Hardcover, 1st , 285 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Harper Collins (NYC) (first published 1993)
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If you are a Christian and wavering in your faith, then this book may tip you over the edge. There are points the author raises that will challenge your beliefs and your understanding of many traditions that exist today. Q does not actually exist, but the contents have been reconstructed and is a collection of the sayings or teachings of Jesus. This book describes the scholarly effort to reconstruct this hypothetical text, it includes the gospel of Q and traces the social environment affecting Q ...more

This book will make you think!
Imagine the Christian gospels of Matthew and Luke being written using the
Gospel of Mark and another second unknown source, as guides and examples
The unknown source is called Q from the German “Quelle” or “source”. This source is supposed to have had quotations from Jesus Christ.
Sounds crazy uh? Well the more you read it, the more you will see that it might be possible. The fact that this is suggested by scholars and not conspiracy nuts is what makes i
Erik Graff
Sep 30, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bible students
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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The first assignment in Walter Wink's course on the Christian Scriptures at Union Theological Seminary was to go through the synoptic gospels with magic markers, showing the correspondences of passages between two or more of them. As a consequence of this exercise I developed a firm conviction in the essential accuracy of the Q hypothesis (from the German Quelle or "source"). The many passages of sayings attributed to Jesus shared by Luke and Matthew indicate a common source not employed by Mark ...more
An examination of the proposed sayings Gospel known to scholars simply as "Q". The gospel of Q was compiled from content contained within the synoptic gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke. The author argues that this lost gospel was used first by Mark in composing his Gospel, and then later by Matthew and Luke who combined it with Mar's Gospel to create their own accounts. The author goes own to argue that the earliest form of Q highlights Jesus of Nazareth not as a Jewish religious or political r ...more
Kevin Fuller
One would think with the relatively recent flood of the Nag Hammadi Scriptures into the popular media coupled with the pseudo-historical gnostic rewritings of the Jesus story that little more could be said on the subject.

This book however stands out as a scholarly approach to the Jesus myth that perhaps has been overlooked by many.

The author gives a nice introduction and even history of the 'quest for the historical Jesus', with Albert Schweitzer and various others slowly but surely casting a cr
Sergio E
There just isn't enough evidence to convince me that the document hypothesized by the Q hypothesis is anything other than a hypothesis. Because of this, attempt to recreate the contents of this document, and the community that supposedly created it it, are misguided at best. Equally misguided is the idea that such a document, which has absolutely no physical evidence to support its existence, can unlock the mysteries of the "real" Jesus ans "real" Christianity.
M.K. MacInnes
I'd like to read this again to see if it's any easier to read. But very solid arguments in favour of the theory of a lost Gospel.
Ralphe Wiggins
Wonderful insight into early, early Christianity. Mack blows the socks off the gospels myths and shows how it was all invented.
Edward Smith
The Q hypothesis is a theory that there was a source document of which the Gospels were derived from. Mack's controversial theory is based upon reconstruction and literary analysis of the writings of the Gospels, in which he attempts to "recreate" the Q document. The author provides a more skeptical interpretation of the New Testament, and provides the theory that Jesus was simply a wandering rabbi in the vein of the Cynic philosophers of Ancient Greece, with the Q documents being a collection o ...more
Doug Piero
Burton Mack does a brilliant job of revealing the Gospel of Q, how it was written, and who some of the authors may have been. Mack also explains in a very believable way how these author-communities got to be the way they were. The Gospel of Q itself, once extracted from the Gospels that copy from it, brilliantly illuminates much about Jesus' life, and the lives of the early believers in Jesus.
I read this for my New Testament class freshman year of college. It was interesting to read about the Bible from someone who studied it but obviously didn't belive it was true. Probably the first book I read that fit that description. I'm glad I have N.T. Wright to read in opposition to this.
In a nutshell, these are the sayings of Jesus as best historians have been able to document. The Bible wasn't written shortly after the death of Jesus. But these sayings of Jesus were maintained by literate people of that day and were bound in little booklets.

It is a good book.
A very interesting theory that I am now led to believe. The book was a bit dry at times, but overall, I learned much on the early life of jews/new christians.
Mar 29, 2008 Barry added it
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Hypothesizes a book of the sayings of Jesus that later were incorporated into the Gospels.
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John Wesley Professor of the New Testament at the school of Theology at Claremont
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