The Sermon on the Mount: A Theological Interpretation
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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THE CONTEXT OF THE MESSAGE
ENTRANCE INTO GODS KINGDOM
THE OUTWARD JOURNEY
PERSECUTION AND THE REAL ORDER
TWO OVERARCHING METAPHORS THE SALT OF THE EARTH AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
JESUS AS THE FULFILLMENT OF TRADITION
MURDER AND ANGER
ADULTERY AND DIVORCE
FASTING AS A CENTERED ACT
TWO TREASURES TWO WAYS OF SEEING TWO MASTERS
JUDGMENT AND CONDEMNATION
ACCESS TO DIVINE POWER
THE GOLDEN RULE AND THE NARROW GATE
WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING
TWO FINAL ANALOGIES HOUSES ROCK AND SAND
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