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Posted March 2, 2004
Tour de force
Burton Mack's brilliant archeological exposure of the early Jesus Movement as expressed through the various layers of 'The Lost Gospel of Q' is a tour de force. Like the Gospel of Thomas, the Q Gospel, which is a main 'source' for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, shows little sign of Jewish influence and knows nothing of the narrative Gospels' crucifixion and resurrection in Judea some 2000 years ago. Instead, the bottom layer of the gospels, according to Mack, reflects the 'wisdom sayings' of Jesus in the tradition of the Cynic philosophers of the Graeco-Roman world. So far, so good. But Mack loses me when he imagines an early Jesus community concocting a myth of crucifixion and resurrection as found in the Letters of Paul and the Four Gospels. The creation of such a brilliant mythological scheme seems quite beyond the capacity of simple Galilean fishermen. Too clever by half. Nonetheless, for those curious as to the primal origins of the Jesus movement, this breathtaking work of scholarship is well worth the read.
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Posted May 3, 2006
I recommend this book for anyone searching for the origins of Christianity
I have read several different articles and books on the origins of Christianity. After a lot of study my conclusions are pretty much the same as Burton L. Mack in The Lost Gospel. This book gives a complete explanation for the origins of Christianity according to the Gospel Q theory. This theory is logical and according to my opinion most likely how Christianity started.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.