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Challenging the theory that the originators of Q were "wandering radicals," Arnal proposes that the composition of Q sprang from the concrete social realities of first-century Galilee. His compelling thesis that Q's "rhetoric of uprootedness" reflects Herodian village scribes' reaction against the founding of cities and loss of local autonomy deserves the attention of students and scholars. 290 pages, softcover from Fortress.
Sets the early Jesus movement and Q within the context of the socio-economic crisis in Galilee.