Points To Ponder Lesson 6
Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:28 AM
2. The Q (Quelle) collection of logia or sayings of Jesus is also the subject of a great deal of speculation and debate although efforts to discredit it over many decades have never fully succeeded and many authorities still view it as highly likely that it was prepared as a collection of Jesus' sayings and was of value to the writers of the synoptis gospels. It does contain elements which might indicate a gnostic frame of mind amongst its author(s) as it suggests a dualistic approach to the godhead and also is distinctly apocalyptic in its stance, representing Jesus as intending to return imminently and bring about a return of the kingdom of God. His purpose in striving to give mankind the knowledge to enable them to understand the purpose of God and to embrace his salvation, may reflect the concept of 'gnosis' the knowledge that would enable men to escape from the grip of the demiurge and return to the fold of the Pleroma, the one, true God.
3. The dating of the Q source is an important factor in assessing its value as a collection of the sayings of Jesus and the extent to which these faithfully reflect his words and outlook. If, as is widely suggested, they are incorporated in the gospels, especially Matthew and Luke, that indicates an early dating, possibly around 40-50AD. They are, however, only fragmentary and may or may not have been parts of longer discourses. Along with the canonical gospels, it is unlikely that they reflect the actual words of Jesus even if written soon after the life of Christ and we need also to take into account the tendency of human beings to adapt material to suit a developing cause even in the immediate aftermath of events. We cannot therefore speculate with any degree of certainty as to their greater value as representing the words of the historical Jesus although, were they to be discovered as a separate, unified collection which had not passed through the process of evaluation and been subjected to the test of apostolicity, we should then be able to assess their value more accurately.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:27 AM
Thepossibility of the existence of Q has been strengthened by the discovery in1945 of the Gospel of Thomas, which is also collection of sayings withoutreference to the "story" of Jesus' life and works. Where was thisdiscovery made and what is the name of the collection that it was found in?
It’s part of the Nag Hammadi library.
Why would someone intimate that the Q community may have hadGnostic leanings?
Youcould infer that Q’s leans toward a more spiritual Kingdom of God that isinside us as opposed to a Heavenly one.
On a personal level, do you think that the Q source ismore than likely to be closer to what Jesus said than the canonical gospels?Why or Why not?
Ithink Q would more likely be closer since it seems to predate the Gospels andwe used in their writing.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:44 PM
Taking your use of intimate as a transitive verb, It could possibly be that they did not want to look foolish by stating fact when fact is impossible to know. Hinting at it publicly is a delicate way offering it up for study.
I have no idea! It fits more in line with what I personally believe, and if it is true what it says in the Gospel of Thomas; "
Jesus said, "If those who lead you say, 'See, the Kingdom isin the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they
say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.
When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living
Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty." it only matters what we believe to be true.
Enjoy your next 24, PEACE!