The most significant realization in recent Q studies is that Q contains extensive sapiential traditions, some of which may have been collected prior to the composition of Q. This study looks at Q 6:46 as the climax of the Inaugural Sermon. James M. Robinson has described this as the "hardest saying of Jesus" because it demands that Jesus' disciples actually do what he says. In the context of the other ethical "commands" and imperatives in the Sermon, Q 6:46 proposes that the disciple is to be like his Teacher, a "son" of the "Father." A careful literary analysis of Q 6:46 in its Q context may yet shed new light on ongoing debates regarding the relationship(s) between the sapiential, eschatological, and apocalyptic elements in the "Sayings Gospel" Q. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Christian Century. 4/27/2016, Vol. 133 Issue 9, p17-17. 1p.
THEOLOGIANS and RACE discrimination -- United States
The article profiles various church personalities. Topics include the life of James M. Robinson highlighting his career as a theology professor and the editor of several writings including, and Alia Khalaf al-Jabouri an Iraqi widow whose husband and eldest son was killed be the Islamic State highlighting her journey to enemy territory to rescue his son and his comrades. Also presented is the advocacy of Martha DeVries to wear a headscarf as a protest to anti-Muslim movements in the U.S.
The famous find-story behind the Nag Hammadi codices, discovered in Egypt in 1945, has been one of the most cherished narratives in our field. Yet a close examination of its details reveals inconsistencies, ambiguities, implicitly colonialist attitudes, and assumptions that call for a thorough reevaluation. This article explores the problematic moments in the find-story narrative and challenges the suggestions of James M. Robinson and others that the Nag Hammadi codices were intentionally buried for posterity, perhaps by Pachomian monks, in the wake of Athanasius's thirty-ninth Festal Letter. We consider, rather, that the Nag Hammadi codices may have derived from private Greco-Egyptian citizens in late antiquity who commissioned the texts for personal use, depositing them as grave goods following a practice well attested in Egypt. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
APOCRYPHAL Gospels, APOSTLES, SPIRITUALISM, and FAITH
The article discusses the Gospel of Judas. James M. Robinson, lead scholar of the team that investigated he Gnostic Gospels, has admitted that the gospel tells nothing about the historical Judas and Jesus. The fascination of people to the Gnostic gospel has implication for the spiritual state of the U.S. It is said that the reason behind the lost the gospels is they had rejected the Christian continuity with historic Jewish faith.