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Jesus: According to the Earliest Witness


According to the Earliest Witness

James M. Robinson (Author)


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Who was Jesus, really? In these pages Robinson, one of the premier scholars of the New Testament and the Sayings Gospel Q, asks what we can know of Jesus from what many believe was the earliest written source behind the Gospels. Surprising insights abound and the author includes an autobiographical essay charting the important currents in New Testament scholarship over the last fifty years. The book also includes a translation of Q.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800638627
  • Pages 258
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date February 19, 2007


"James M. Robinson is rightly credited with initiating and nurturing the modern study of the Sayings Gospel Q, the hypothetical source that lies behind much of the sayings material in Matthew and Luke. In these essays, the fruit of more than forty years of research, Robinson elaborates a portrait of the historical Jesus and his utopian vision of the Kingdom of God, consisting of reliance on God as birds and plants rely on God, and on a program of human sharing and debt forgiveness. Not since Adolf von Harnack's 1908 The Sayings of Jesus has Q been so deftly quarried to construct a compelling portrait of the historical Jesus."
– John S. Kloppenborg, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

"Over the years perhaps no one has reflected more sensitively and insightfully on the significance of Q for our understanding of earliest Christianity than James M. Robinson. This volume collects the best of Robinson on Q, from his early 'Very Goddess, Very Man,' to the more recent 'What Jesus Had to Say' – a series of classic essays by one of this generation's most creative minds. In these essays Robinson exhibits the broad-ranging historical exegesis for which he is so well-known, but also, with surprising candor, lays out what he thinks it all means and why it is so important to listen to the earliest remembered voice of Jesus."
– Stephen J. Patterson, Professor of New Testament, Eden Theological Seminary


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