Category Archives: The Sermon on the Mount

Nonresistance and context

The Resistance is the name now used for die-hard opposition to the Trump administration. It recalls the partisans, particularly in France, who resisted the Nazi occupation. Sometimes this resistance has been violent. When the press reports a “mostly peaceful” protest, … Continue reading

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Milgrom-undoing sacrilege

One of the difficulties of working through James Milgrom’s commentary, Leviticus, is that he goes over the same ground that I have already written about.  He states an opinion and he backs it up more fully later. In my last … Continue reading

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Allison-Conclusion

The Sermon on the Mount ends by pushing very hard the idea that there are two ways of life. There are two gates, one wide and one narrow, leading to either death or life (Matthew 7:13-14). There are the two kinds of trees, … Continue reading

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Allison-The non-rule nature of the golden rule

I am nearing the end of Dale Allison’s The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination. The 7th chapter of Matthew turns from the topic of possessions to that of how to treat others. First off, we hear that we … Continue reading

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Allison-Anxiety

Don’t be anxious.  Like you can do that because somebody–even Jesus– commands it of you!  I always think about Paul the Apostle.  He knew Christ’s command about anxiety.  He passed it on to the Philippians.  “Have no anxiety about anything” (Philippians … Continue reading

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Allison-the healthy eye

I continue to read Dale Allison’s The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination. Today I report on his dealing with Matthew 6:19-24. In 19-21 we hear that we should accumulate wealth in heaven. This is for two reasons. … Continue reading

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Allison-Genuine Religion

In Matthew 6 the Lord’s Prayer stands amidst a series of condemnations of hypocritical piety. Here hypocrites don’t so much say one thing and do another as act for public display and not authentically. Jesus tells his followers to avoid … Continue reading

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