The Sermon on the Mount: A Theological Interpretation

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1986 - Religion - 217 pages
This book focuses on the Sermon on the Mount as the locus classicus of the teachings of Jesus. It argues that the Sermon is an expression of the divine perfection in which it is grounded. The center of the book is the injunction contained at the center of the sermon itself--"Be perfect as your father in heaven is perfect."

Perfection of this kind is a human response to a divne gift. Consequently, all the Beatitudes and obedience to all the ethical prescriptions in the sermon should be understood as expressions of divine perfection and as finite reflections of God's own work in the world. The Sermon on the Mount requires a transformation of the spirit before its message can become intelligible.

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Contents

THE CONTEXT OF THE MESSAGE
3
ENTRANCE INTO GODS KINGDOM
12
THE OUTWARD JOURNEY
23
PERSECUTION AND THE REAL ORDER
31
TWO OVERARCHING METAPHORS THE SALT OF THE EARTH AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
39
JESUS AS THE FULFILLMENT OF TRADITION
51
MURDER AND ANGER
62
ADULTERY AND DIVORCE
73
FASTING AS A CENTERED ACT
135
TWO TREASURES TWO WAYS OF SEEING TWO MASTERS
140
BEYOND ANXIETY
146
JUDGMENT AND CONDEMNATION
155
ACCESS TO DIVINE POWER
167
THE GOLDEN RULE AND THE NARROW GATE
175
WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING
182
TWO FINAL ANALOGIES HOUSES ROCK AND SAND
190

THE PROBLEM OF FALSE VOWS
90
THE PROBLEM OF RETALIATION
99
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
107
THE INNER ROOM AND THE LORDS PRAYER
124
NOTES
201
INDEX
213
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