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A Proposed Reconstruction of the "Q" Document

Jirair Tashjian

(*Asterisks in the far right column indicate Matthew’s agreement with Luke in the sequence of Q material. The sayings are listed in the Lukan order.)

Contents Q Sayings Located In  
Luke Matthew
A. Introduction
 1. Preaching of John the Baptist 3:1-9, 16-17 3:1-12 *
 2. Baptism of Jesus 3:21-22 3:13, 16-17 *
 3. Temptation of Jesus 4:1-13 4:1-11 *
B. Sermon on the Mount/Plain
  1. Beatitudes 6:20b-23 5:3-12 *
  2. Love of Enemies 6:27-36 5:38-48
7:12
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  3. Admonition against Judging 6:37-42 7:1-2
15:14
10:24-25a
7:3-5
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  4. Tree Is Known by Its Fruit 6:43-45 7:18
12:33c; 7:16b, 12:35, 34b
*
  5. House on the Rock 6:46-49 7:21, 24-27 *
C. The Centurion of Capernaum 7:1-10 7:28a
8:5-10, 13
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D. John the Baptist
  1. John’s Question about Jesus 7:18-19, 22-23 11:2-6  
  2. Jesus’ Witness to John 7:24-35 11:7-11, 16-19  
E. Mission of the Disciples
  1. Prospective Followers 9:57-60 8:19-22 *
  2. Mission Instructions 10:2-12 9:37-38
10:7-16a
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  3. Woe to Galilean Cities 10:13-15 11:21-23 *
  4. He Who Hears You Hears Me 10:16 10:40  
  5. Thanksgiving and Blessedness 10:21-24
13:16-17
11:25-27 *
F. Prayer
  1. The Lord’s Prayer 11:2-4 6:9-13  
  2. Encouragement to Pray 11:9-13 7:7-11  
G. Controversies with Opponents
  1. Beelzebul Controversy 11:14-15,
17-20, 23
12:22-30 *
  2. Return of the Evil Spirit 11:24-26 12:43-45  
  3. The Sign of Jonah 11:16, 29-32 12:38-41 *
  4. Light and the Sound Eye 11:33-36 5:15; 6:22-23  
  5. Woe to Pharisees 11:39b-52 23:25-26, 23, 6, 7a, 27, 4, 29-32, 34-36, 13  
H. Public Acknowledgement of Jesus
  1. Fearless Preaching 12:2-7 10:26-31  
  2. Confession and Denial of Jesus 12:8-9 10:32-33  
  3. Blasphemy against Holy Spirit 12:10 12:32  
  4. Assistance of Holy Spirit 12:11-12 10:19  
I. Material Needs
  1. Admonition against Anxiety 12:22-31 6:25-33  
  2. Treasures in Heaven 12:33-34 6:19-21  
J. Critical Times
  1. Vigilance 12:39-40 24:43-44  
  2. Faithful/Unfaithful Servant 12:42-46 24:45-51  
  3. Division in Households 12:51-53 10:34-36  
  4. Interpreting the Times 12:54-56 16:2-3  
  5. Agreement with One’s Accuser 12:58-59 5:25-26  
K. Parables of the Kingdom of God
  1. Parable of Mustard Seed 13:18-19 13:31-32 *
  2. Parable of Leaven 13:20-21 13:33 *
  3. Exclusion from the Kingdom 13:24-30 7:13-14, 22-23
8:11-12
20:16
 
  4. Lament over Jerusalem 13:34-35 20:37-39  
  5. Parable of the Great Supper 14:16-24 22:1-10  
L. Discipleship
  1. Conditions of Discipleship 14:26-27 10:37-38  
  2. Parable of Salt 14:34-35 5:13  
  3. Parable of Lost Sheep 15:4-7 18:12-13  
  4. No One Can Serve Two Masters 16:13 6:24  
  5. The Law and the Prophets 16:16-17 11:12-13
5:18
 
  6. Admonition against Divorce 16:18 5:32  
  7. Warning about Stumbling Blocks 17:1-2 18:6-7 *
  8. Admonition to Forgive 17:3b-4 18:15, 21-22 *
  9. Faith as Grain of Mustard Seed 17:6 17:20  
M. Coming of the Son of Man
  1. Day of the Son of Man 17:23-24
   26-27, 30
   33-35, 37b
24:23, 26-27,
   37-39
10:39
24:40-41, 28
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  2. Parable of Talents 19:12-13, 15-26 25:14, 19-29  
  3. Sitting on Thrones 22:28-30 19:28  

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