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The Jesus of Q as Liberation Theologian

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The two-fold problematic of, on the one hand, discussing the Jesus of Q and, on the other, discussing him as liberation theologian, should stay in our awareness throughout the discussion, even if not repeatedly mentioned. One hopes for a better outcome in the case of liberation theology. But Jesus did recognize the plight of the masses living without the bare necessities of life as systemic that in any case is inherent in his otherwise obscure talk of the kingdom of God. Jesus elevated that plight to the central theme of theology, as has been rediscovered by the liberation theologians of today. And, like them, he went about doing something about it. His implementation was not successful, and in any case is not suited to meet our needs. But that we should implement his message is itself central to that message, as liberation theologians have put at the center of their message.

Keywords: Jesus of Q; kingdom of God; liberation theologian



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