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[John_Lit] Q Originated at Bethsaida

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  • jbtucker@driveninc.com
    Greetings In recent years it has often been proposed that the sayings collection Q originated in an urban Galilean setting in the mid-first century. Sepphoris
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      Greetings

      In recent years it has often been proposed that the sayings collection
      Q originated in an urban Galilean setting in the mid-first century.
      Sepphoris has often been put forward as a possible setting. However,
      there is even more reason to consider Bethsaida as such a candidate.
      It's one of the 3 towns on the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee. The
      Woe saying reflects frustration over difficult times.I'll stop there
      and move to the reason from John.

      It is the fourth evangelist who has identified the continuity between
      the followers of John and the followers of Jesus by identifying two of
      Jesus' disciples as former disciples of John (Jn. 1:35-37). One is
      explicitly identified as Andrew (John 1:40); the other is not named,
      but may have been Philip (John 1:43) or John. Therefore, it is not
      surprising that Q also preserves a series of sayings of John the
      Baptist (Lk. 3:7-9; 16-17; 7:18-23). A possible connection of Bethsaida
      with the Baptist is one further link to t he Q tradition and will
      hopefully stimulate further exploration of the sayings of Jesus with
      reference to the city of Bethsaida.

      What do you think?

      Thanks

      Brian Tucker
      jbtucker@...
      Riverview, MI
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