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The Sayings of Q and their Image of Jesus

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The synoptic Sayings Gospel (Q) has been the object of intense efforts of scholarship during the last decades. The most problematic issue in the understanding of Q as a wisdom book is the question of its religious or philosophical orientation. John Kloppenborg had presented an impressive analysis of two stages of the development of Q, in which he identified the earliest stage as a wisdom book. He provided a formal analysis of Q:S wisdom instructions, listing all materials that would fit into this formative concept. These apocalyptic sayings that were introduced into Q by the redactor come from the same tradition that also furnished the apocalyptic Son of Man sayings to the Gospel of Mark. From the very beginning, the tradition of sayings preserved in the Sayings Gospel Q is dominated by an eschatological orientation. The earliest stage of Qs eschatology is not necessarily a direct reflection of Jesus' preaching.

Keywords: apocalyptic sayings; Jesus; John Kloppenborg; synoptic Sayings Gospel (Q)



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