The Sayings Gospel Q Class
The Sayings Gospel Q is a hypothetical gospel, believed by most scholars to be the source of teachings in both Matthew and Luke. Q is a gospel from before the gospels, a window onto an older view of Jesus, a view that might just be the most accurate account that we have. Many prominent New Testament scholars believe that Q’s teachings are the most reliable record of what Jesus actually said.
This class looked at the story of Q — what led to its discovery and why scholars believe that it existed. The remaining classes focused on what many scholars believe to have been its earliest layer of teachings. This is a collection of wisdom teachings that, at different times, have moved history. These are the teachings immortalized in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, and which, through it, have been the inspiration for such great figures as St. Francis, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Through it all, we will be asking a single key question: How can we incorporate these radical teachings into our own lives?
Loving Our Enemies: The Core of Jesus’ Vision in the Sayings Gospel Q (pdf)
By Robert Perry
This is a chapter Robert wrote for an academic collection called “The Healing Power of Spirituality: How Faith Helps Humans Thrive,” edited by J. Harold Ellens. In the Sayings Gospel Q, the opening sermon, which was the basis for Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, is largely a series of elaborations on the core injunction to “love your enemies.” This chapter is Robert’s attempt to draw out the meaning of this discourse on loving one’s enemies, and thereby to capture what may well be the heart of the historical Jesus’ vision. What we find there is something that, rather than being a somewhat primitive relic of the past, is radical and deeply challenging for any time, including our own.