The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q & Christian Origins

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1993 - Religion - 275 pages
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This collection of Jesus' sayings, compiled by his followers during his lifetime, became the prime source for the New Testament Gospels. Once lost, it was reconstructed through a century of scholarship. In his own translation, Mack explains how the text of Q was determined and explores the implications of the discovery that Jesus was mythologized into the savior of Christianity by the New Testament Gospels.

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This book is exceptionally difficult for any traditionalist student to read, even one who, like myself, has no doubt (without any prompting from Prof. Mack) that the gospel texts which have come down ... Read full review

The lost gospel: the book of Q & Christian origins

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When Matthew and Luke wrote their gospels, modern scholarship suspects, they began with two sources to which they added their own material: the Gospel of Mark and a second source called "Q'' (from ... Read full review


prologue The Challenge
The Text of the Lost Gospel
part in The Recovery of a Social Experiment

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About the author (1993)

Burton L. Mack is John Wesley Professor of the New Testament at the school of Theology at Claremont and the author of The Lost Gospel: The Book Q and Christian Origin and A Myth of Innocence: Mark and Christian Origins.

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