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The Existence of Q

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In this chapter, the author attempts to establish the existence of Q. The question "Did Q exist?" has always been a contentious one. The theory of the existence of a Q source arose as part of the 2ST to explain the agreements between the texts of Matthew and Luke. These were not to be explained by common dependence on Mark. The author states that there is not enough space in the course of this essay to examine every nuance of every theory that has in some way or other denied the existence of Q as a single source. The author, thus confines his attention in what follows to those who have tried to deny the existence of "Q". He then discusses the main arguments for the existence of Q. The trend in recent Q studies has been to postulate (at times quite complex) developments in the growth of Q.

Keywords: existence of Q; growth of Q; Luke; Matthew



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