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John the Baptist and the Jesus Movement: What Does Q Tell Us?

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This chapter focuses on John the Baptist, and particularly his preaching as reported in Q 3. It demonstrates the importance of the Q research to crucial issues by making John's preaching the focal point. The contrast between Jesus and John in Q 7:33-34 has to do with the lifestyle of the two prophets. The author discusses as to why was a collection of Jesus' sayings introduced by a collection of John's sayings. He reaches the conclusion that the preaching of John is an integral part of the text-world and the symbolic world of Q. The author finds it difficult to decide whether the chiastic form of the saying in Q or the Markan construction is more original. He raises the question, "whether the apocalyptic material in Q 3 can easily be imagined to derive from such a Baptist sect?".

Keywords: Baptist sect; Jesus; Jesus Movement; John; John the Baptist; Markan construction



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