A classic study of the earlist Christianity, this volume attempts to solve the problem of the relation of Jesus and Paul, by arguing that Paul knew and used the common source of Matthew and Luke.
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A classic study of the very earliest history of Christianity, this volume attempts to solve the problem of the relation of Jesus and Paul, by arguing, in exhaustive detail, that Paul knew and used the common source (which Resch called the Logia, and since called Q) of Matthew and Luke. Resch, who had reconstructed the Logia out of the parallels of the Gospels, now studies, key phrase by key phrase, the parallelisms between Paul and the Logia, then the rest of the Gospels, then the sayings of Jesus which have survived elsewhere, and then 8 phrases which Paul repeats as though they were quotations, but unrecorded elsewhere; he then summarizes his findings for each letter of Paul and for the other sources. An invaluable presentation of the data for students on all sides on the origin of the synoptic gospels and the authenticity of the Pastoral Epistles. The introduction summarizes Resch's forty years of interest in the problem, and comments on the theological implications of reuniting Jesus and Paul.