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Conversation Partners For Reading The Sermon

Conversation Partners For Reading The Sermon

Before we dive into the history of interpretation on the Sermon on the Mount, let me introduce you to my main conversation partners. READING THE BIBLE WITH THE DEAD (Who, Though Dead, Yet Speak) Clement of Alexandria (150-215): Stromateis Book 4, Chapter 6. Tertullian (160-220): Four Books Against Marcion, Book IV, Chapter XIV. Origen (184-253): Commentary on Matthew & On First…

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Calling All Neurotics: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (6)

Calling All Neurotics: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (6)

I am ready to leave the “introductory remarks” to the Sermon the Mount, and begin the second phase of our study: a deep dive into the scholarly background and history of interpretation. But one last introductory post is needed. Since I have argued that the Sermon on the Mount paints a new vision, sets out a new lifestyle, and invites…

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The Cost Of Apprenticeship: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (5)

The Cost Of Apprenticeship: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (5)

Allow me to take stock of where we are.  To help us get our bearings, I am introducing some key “starting points” for understanding the Sermon on the Mount. First we saw that happiness is found in Jesus Christ, but involves a radically different way of seeing the world (and ourselves). Christ came to offer abundant life–the life of the…

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New Things To Love: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (3)

New Things To Love: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (3)

“What do you want?” These are the first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John (John 1:38). What a challenging question! And to you and me, the reader, he asks it again and again–in a number of ways. To a man in need of sight (Mk 10:51; Lk 18:41), and to disciples who struggled with spiritual vision (Mt 20:32;…

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The Complete Art Of Happiness: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (1)

The Complete Art Of Happiness: Sermon On The Mount–Intro (1)

[Today I begin a series of blog posts reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount. I am spending the summer reading this fascinating and challenging text for three reasons: 1) to prepare for my Christian Ethics course this fall, 2) to prepare for a Sunday morning Bible class at Cloverdale, and 3)…to be fully transparent…to resist the forces of culture…

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My Favorite Online Lessons (6): Biblical Text

My Favorite Online Lessons (6): Biblical Text

BIBLE SURVEY Craig Koester, Luther Seminary (20 OT & Intertestamental; 10 New Testament) Biblical Studies lecture series (with some very good presenters) Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ Bible Studies (led by Austin Grad School of Theology professors) George B. Caird, New Testament Theology lectures, University of Oxford (1979-1983). OLD TESTAMENT TEXTS NEW TESTAMENT TEXTS Gospel of Matthew Craig Keener series…

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