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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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Nov 19, 2009 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2011 Arturo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 really liked it
Recommends it for: bible students
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: religion
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
Feb 16, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, history
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
Shane Wagoner
Dec 26, 2015 Shane Wagoner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Burton L. Mack is the Jesus Seminar's intellectual kamikaze. With a high-school level writing style and even shoddier logic, The Lost Gospel desperately tries to spark some form of misguided controversy. Unfortunately for its author, being a historian requires a bit more than making blanket generalizations. After pumping out a paper thin "methodology," Mack is somehow surprised to discover that none of the apocalyptic sayings of Jesus are original and that Jesus was nothing more than a cynic-phi ...more
Sergio E
May 22, 2015 Sergio E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 19, 2015 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mack peels back the layers of the gospels to argue that the earliest sayings of Jesus reveal a wisdom teacher influenced by the Cynic philosophy of Diogenes and his lineage, rather than the apocalyptic prophet he is usually characterized as being by modern academics. This is a rather appealing notion in terms of rehabilitating the ethically orientated aphorisms of the synoptic gospels from the accumulated layers of Christian detritus. It is difficult, however, for the lay person to meticulously ...more
This book serves as a great introduction to the critical study of the bible, if you ignore everything he say's about Q. Burton Mack uses the "well established" Q source to portray it's sitz im leben; he calls the community "Jesus people." If Q is indeed well established, it is not within this book and one has to wonder whether Mack simply presupposes that the reader already subscribes to the Q hypothesis. For anyone remotely skeptical of Q, this book is not for you. The book released prior to "T ...more
Kevin Fuller
Nov 21, 2013 Kevin Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
M.K. MacInnes
Feb 18, 2015 M.K. MacInnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2015 Ralphe Wiggins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 21, 2011 Doug Piero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 07, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 27, 2009 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
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.
Feb 18, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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