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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.


Jesus Scholarship


• The Jesus Seminar and the Westar Institute
• Q Web Materials
• Gospel of Thomas
• The Lost Sayings Gospel Q


• Five Gospel Parallels
• Historical Jesus Theories
• The Sayings Gospel Q — English Translation of the International Q Project
• The Search for a No-Frills Jesus Atlantic Monthly article about the Sayings Gospel Q by Charlotte Allen
• The Real Jesus of the Sayings Gospel Q by James Robinson


• The Five Gospels by Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover, and the Jesus Seminar

• Re-Imagine the World by Bernard Brandon Scott
• Hear Then the Parable by Bernard Brandon Scott

• Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus J. Borg
• Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg
• Reading the Bible Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg

• The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
• Excavating Jesus by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed
• The Essential Jesus by John Dominic Crossan

• The Gospel of Jesus: According to the Jesus Seminar by James Robinson

• Profiles of Jesus by Roy W. Hoover, ed.
• The Authentic Letters of Paul by Roy Hoover, Arthur J. Dewey, Lane C. McGaughy, and Daryl D. Schmidt


Other Resources


• The Beloved Community  Martin Luther King
• Gandhi
• Dali Lama
• Shroud of Turin Barrie M. Schwortz
• Circle of Atonement A Course in Miracles
• Living the Questions
• Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology
• Sanctuary Publications Richard Hooper


• What Does the Shroud of Turin Mean? Article by Robert Perry




• Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour  Mother Antonia
• Jackie Pullinger’s Story
• Peace Pilgrim
• The Simple Way  Shane Claiborne
• Society of Friends  Quakers
• So All May Eat  Same Cafe
• Mama Hills Help  Mama Hill
• Brother Bill  Time Magazine Article
• Homeboy Industries Father Greg


•  The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail by Mary Jordan & Kevin Sullivan
•  The Irrisistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
•  How Can I Help? by Ram Dass & Paul Gorman
•  Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words by Peace Pilgrim


Inspirational Movies

•  Brother Sun, Sister Moon
•  Les Miserables
•  The Law of Love
•  Gandhi
•  Groundhog Day
•  Amish Grace
•  As It Is In Heaven
•  The Inn Of Sixth Happiness
•  Resurrection
•  It’s A Wonderful Life
•  Life As A House
•  The Other Son

“To the one who asks of you, give;
and from the one who borrows, do not ask back what is yours.”

— Jesus, Q 6:30, The International Q Project