The Gospel Behind the Gospels portrays all the major areas of current discussion and debate regarding the early source of Jesus' sayings known as Q. Sixteen gospel scholars have advanced the debate about this source's nature, history and significance.
Contributors discuss Q's existence, its relationship to Mark's gospel and to the Gospel of Thomas, its genre, its redactional history with special reference to the Son of Man and to wisdom and prophetic traditions, its social history with respect to family structures and the Cynics, a feminist analysis of Q, its significance for the historical Jesus and for Jesus' parables.
The volume sheds important light on Jesus and Christian origins as well as upon Q itself, and it is significant for the diversity of major North American, European and Japanese scholarship which is represented.
Ronald A. Piper, Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at King's College London, is Principal of St Mary's College and Head of the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. He is active in the International Q Project and, amongst other works, published
Wisdom in the Q-Tradition (1989).
An extremely valuable collection.'
Religious Studies Review, 1996.
Piper has put together a valuabel set of essays providing an excellent international overview of the state of Q studies...For anyone interested in the state of Q studies, this volume will serve as an indispensable introduction and sure guide.'
Bruce J. Malina,
Biblical Interpretation, 1997.
Specialists and students of gospel studies, the historical Jesus, Christian origins and the social history of the New Testament era, as well as theologians and ancient historians.