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Reading the Sermon on the mount : character formation and decision making in Matthew 5-7

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most familiar passages in the New Testament. In this concise and clearly-written introduction to and commentary on the Sermon, Charles Talbert pays particular attention to its role in character formation and ethical decision making. After introductory chapters on reading the Sermon on the Mount, the book offers a section-by-section commentary. Talbert points out structural highlights, provides illuminating cross-references to Jewish and Greco-Roman literature, and concludes each section with a consideration of how it contributes to character formation and how it can be used with the rest of Scripture for ethical decision-making. The book is packed with insights that will be of great use to students as well as those who preach and teach the Sermon
Print Book, English, 2006
Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2006
Criticism, interpretation, etc
181 pages ; 23 cm
9780801031632, 080103163X
Part I: Getting ready to read the Sermon on the Mount
The setting of the Sermon: What is Matthew's relation to Judaism?
The context of the Sermon: Who speaks to whom?
The structure of the Sermon: In what order does Jesus speak?
The functions of the Sermon: Character formation and decision making
Is Matthew a legalist? Enablement of obedience in response to the sermon
Part II: A reading of the Sermon on the Mount
A portrait of disciples with promises and expectations: Matthew 5:3-16
The antitheses with their heading: Matthew 5:17-48
True piety: Matthew 6:1-18
God and possessions: Matthew 6:19-34
condemnation and discernment: Matthew 7:1-12
Exhortations, warnings, and closing Matthew 7:13-27; 7:28-8:1
A précis: Matthew 4:18-8:1
Originally published: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, ©2004