Who is John S. Kloppenborg, the author of Q the Earliest Gospel, and what is his standing in this field of study about Q?

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John S. Kloppenborg is a well-respected scholar in the field of biblical studies, particularly in the study of the hypothetical document known as "Q" (from the German word "Quelle" meaning "source"). He is a Professor of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada. Kloppenborg's research focuses on Christian origins, the synoptic problem, and the sayings Gospel Q.

His book "Q, the Earliest Gospel: An Introduction to the Original Stories and Sayings of Jesus" is an attempt to reconstruct and analyze the hypothetical Q document, which some scholars believe was a source used by the authors of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Kloppenborg has made significant contributions to the study of Q, and his work is widely recognized and respected. His standing in the field is very high. He is considered one of the foremost experts on Q and his work is frequently cited by other scholars in the field. His rigorous scholarship and analytical approach have helped to advance our understanding of the hypothetical Q document and its potential role in the formation of the New Testament.

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The AI-generated response is correct, but more could be added to it. We might add that Kloppenborg is an expert in Greco-Roman and ancient Judean culture and history. These are subjects that feed into his expertise as a scholar in topics relating to the Q-source. Furthermore, in addition to his book Q, the Earliest Gospel: An Introduction to the Original Stories and Sayings of Jesus, Kloppenborg has written and edited many other works on the topic, including The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English with Parallels from the Gospels of Mark and Thomas, Documenta Q, Excavating Q, and The Critical Edition of Q.

All his research and works on the matter have made Kloppenborg one of the most preeminent scholars of the Q-source. As a result, he is on numerous boards relating to early Christian religion, such as the Context Group and and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. A further testament to his standing could be the honorary doctorates he holds from other universities, including the University of Pretoria and the University of Lethbridge, and having been twice rewarded with the Frances W. Beare Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.

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