Synoptic gospels dating
What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world but lose his soul/self?
[A Jewish law expert asked him what is the greatest commandment in the halakah or Jewish law:] You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And the second is similar to it: You must love your neighbor as your self.
In this situation of trial, one was and would be required to give an account of oneself as a member of the Jesus movement. Either one belonged or did not belong to the Jesus movement.” (Burton Mack, The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins, Harper SF, 1993, pp. We quote here from Q1, the earliest, authentic version of Q as gleaned by scholars: ------- [Seeing the crowds, Jesus/Yeshua said to his disciples:] How fortunate are the poor; they have God’s kingdom. How fortunate are those who are crying; they will laugh.
I am telling you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….
Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? They don’t plant, harvest, or store grain in barns, and God feeds them. Which one of you can add a single day to your life by worrying? So don’t worry, thinking, “What will we eat,” or “What will we drink,” or “What will we wear?” For everybody in the whole world does that, and your father knows that you need these things.Instead, make sure of his rule over you [“seek ye first the kingdom of God”], and all these things will be yours as well. Store up treasure for yourselves in a heavenly account, where moths and rust do not consume, and where thieves cannot break in and steal.Nothing is hidden that will not be made known, or secret that will not come to light.Don’t be afraid of those who can kill the body, but can’t kill the soul. But even Solomon in all his splendor was not as magnificent.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? And if you embrace only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Your reward will be great, and you will be children of God. But everyone who hears my words and does not do them is like a man who built a house on sand.