Estimated to date back to the very early Jesus movement, the lost Gospel known as Q offers a distinct and remarkable picture of Jesus and his significance - and one that differs markedly from that offered by its contemporary, the apostle Paul." Though this document has never been found, John S. Kloppenborg offers a succinct account of why scholars maintain it existed in the first place and demonstrates how they have been able to reconstruct its contents from the two later Gospels that used it as a source. Presented here in its entirety, as developed by the International Q Project, this Gospel reveals a very different portrait of Jesus than in much of the later canonical writings, challenging the way we think of Christian origins and the nature and mission of Jesus Christ.
John S. Kloppenborg is a Canadian professor of religion who has authored numerous books and articles based on Christian Bible scholarship. He is the Chair of the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto and a participant in The Context Group. His work includes research on the origins of and sources for early Christian writings including the Q document thought to have been one of the first written collections of the teachings of Jesus. Kloppenborg has also written and taught about the different versions of the proto-biblical texts and the meaning and uses of the specific parables of Jesus.
Kloppenborg (Univ. of Toronto; Excavating Q) is an international authority on the Q Gospel, a "sayings gospel" that is thought to be a source (from the German Quelle for source) for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. No copy of Q has been found, but scholars have re-created it through analysis of the three synoptic Gospels, looking for common elements and focusing on the sayings of Jesus. This book is a succinct introduction to Q, addressing questions about its composition and importance. As with the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Judas, the existence of Q as a different kind of gospel points to "real diversity at the beginnings of the Jesus movement." A complete reconstruction of Q is included as well as notes and a bibliography. While Marcus Borgs The Lost Gospel Q provides a more popular introduction, and Burton Macks The Lost Gospel contains more detail about structure and context, Kloppenborgs book offers the most accessible overview of Q and its importance. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
- Diane Harvey, Library Journal