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Die soeke na die betekenis van Q: Inleidende opmerkings oor die geskiedenis van Q-navorsing

Gerhard Nel
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 2 | a655 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i2.655 | © 2003 Gerhard Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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Gerhard Nel, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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In search of the meaning of Q: Introductory remarks on the history of Q research

According to the two source-theory, large parts of the material in Matthew and Luke which show conformity and which are not found in Mark, point to the existence of a source which comprises sayings of Jesus and reminds one of the typical wisdom material in the Old Testament. In this paper a few introductory remarks are made on the history of the research done in respect of this source, known as Q. The questions regarding the actual existence and origin of Q are briefly discussed in the first part of the paper. Four aspects of Q research are addressed: Q is a document which shows its own integrity; the distinction between tradition and redaction in Q; stratifications and phases in the development of Q; the wisdom character of the material in Q.


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