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Title: Jesus the herald of salvation : a comparison of the Kingdom of God sayings in Mark and Q
Author: Meadors, Edward P.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1993
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The present tendency in study of the Gospel source 'Q' is to assume that it is a document composed in several stages which reflect the varying theological biases of a developing community. Accordingly Q has its own idiosyncratic view of Jesus and his message which differs to such a significant extent from Mark that it can be dubbed 'heretical'. In a fresh examination of the evidence, the thesis challenges this 'critical orthodoxy' and demonstrates that Q stands in close harmony with Mark and is essentially based on the teaching of the historical Jesus. The thesis shows that many characteristic themes of Q (wisdom, prophecy, the Son of Man) are present equally and in similar ways in Mark. The primary theme of both Q and Mark, the Kingdom of God, is examined in detail and seen to be treated in ways that are fully compatible. The undeniable differences in content and emphasis between Q and Mark are minor in regard to the overall harmony between the two sources. The juxtaposition of the categories of wisdom, prophecy, apocalyptic and eschatology in Q is shown to have a historical precedent in the Book of Daniel, which contains the same agglomeration of ideas and which almost certainly influenced Jesus. This opens up the way to claiming that these themes in Q have their origin in a combination of ideas taught by Jesus, and that therefore the hypothesis of successive layers of Q redaction is redundant. The thesis further brings to light several fresh areas of agreement between Q and Mark and offers new insights into the early church's understanding of the mission of Jesus.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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