Sarah E. Rollens

Framing Social Criticism in the Jesus Movement

The Ideological Project in the Sayings Gospel Q

[Die Bildung der Gesellschaftskritik in der Jesus-Bewegung. Der ideologische Entwurf in der Logienquelle Q.]

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Which milieu did the earliest rural Jesus movement emerge from? Sarah E. Rollens provides a sociological study of the earliest Christians in rural Palestine based on evidence in the Sayings Gospel Q. She compares this Jesus movement to other movements of social reform in similar socio-cultural contexts.
Although it has become increasingly popular to understand the earliest rural Jesus movement as emerging from a peasant milieu, proponents of this model have not yet taken the time to explore the ramifications for a highly stylized written document being the earliest evidence for this movement. On the contrary, the Sayings Gospel Q, a sophisticated literary text having affinities with other ancient literature and even documentary papyri, does not seem to be a product of a peasant milieu. Even so, Q does not appear to be the product of elites either, for the text is rife with tropes of social and economic marginality. In order to access the elusive »middling stratum« from which Q's authors may stem, Sarah E. Rollens looks cross-culturally at middling figures to understand the ideological project in Q.

Sarah E. Rollens Born 1984; 2006 BA in Philosophy & Religion and Sociology; 2008 MA in Religious Studies; 2013 PhD in Religious Studies; currently an instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama.


The following reviews are known:

In: Actualidad Bibliografica — 2015, S. 46–48 (Valenti Fabrega)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 59 (2015), S. 546–547
In: Theologische Revue — 111 (2015), S. 461–462 (William Arnal)
In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) — 37.5 (2015), S. 31 (Alan Le Grys)
In: The Expository Times — 128 (2017), S. 286–289 (Paul Foster)