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From German quelle, "source"; New Testament studies term. According to The Da Vinci Code, Q is a hidden document, "a book of Jesus' teachings, possibly written in his own hand." The truth is, some scholars propose the existence of a document simply called "Q" (which has never been found) in attempting to explain why so many of Jesus' teachings in the gospels of Matthew and Luke are similar, yet not identical. The idea is that as the authors wrote, they used a common document, now lost, that had summarized Jesus' teachings. Even if this document did exist at some point, its contents were far from scandalous; it was simply Christ's teachings as related by both Matthew and Luke. If Luke used Matthew as a source which is quite possible then Q is not needed as an independent document. (See Mark Goodacre and Nicholas Perrin, eds., Questioning Q: A Multidimensional Critique [Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004].) See also deconstructionism; L source; M source; redaction criticism.



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