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    Brooks, James A.

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    The Unity and Structure of the Sermon on the Mount

    "Jesus is often described in the Gospels as a preacher. What has become his most famous sermon is recorded in Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:17-49. The former is usually referred to as the Sermon on the Mount (note 5:1), the latter as the Sermon on the Plain (note 6:17 KJV). The following study will be concerned primarily with the unity and structure of the Matthean sermon, but a necessary preliminary is a consideration of the interrelationship of the two sermons."
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    Crump, David

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    Applying the Sermon on the Mount: Once You Have Read It What Do You Do With It?

    "Christians, indeed scholars of all sorts, never seem to tire of studying the Sermon on the Mount. The wealth of literature dealing with these three chapters in Matthew's gospel is overwhelming...[O]nce all of the critical investigations are finished, one still has to reach some conclusions about what you do with the Sermon on the Mount. At least, this should be the important question for those followers of Jesus who believe his teaching continues to make demands upon their lifestyle today."
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    Jeremias, Joachim

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    The Sermon on the Mount

    "What is the meaning of the Sermon on the Mount? This is a profound question, and one which affects not only our preaching and teaching but also, when we really face up to it, the very roots of our existence. Since the very beginning of the Church it has been a question with which all Christians have had to grapple, not only the theologians among them, and in the course of the centuries a whole range of answers has been given to it. In what follows I propose to indicate and discuss the three most important of these answers."
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    Tuttle, Gary A.

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    The Sermon on the Mount: Its Wisdom Affinities and Their Relation to Its Structure

    "One area of Biblical studies in which scholars have exercised themselves recently is concerned with the relationship of the OT wisdom corpus to other portions of the Hebrew canon. The lion's share of attention has been paid the major prophets, though the minor prophets have received a fair share, while OT narrative literature has not suffered from neglect, nor have extracanonical books. Aspects of wisdom literature and the NT received attention. Some work has been done on the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7), but apparently nothing that connects the wisdom features to the structure of the discourse. It is this relation we seek to elucidate in this paper."
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    Westerholm, Stephen

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    The Law in the Sermon on the Mount: Matt 5:17-48

    "The law, for Matthew, prescribed righteousness in an age of anticipation...the Matthean Jesus does not simply restate the requirements of the law, for its demands do not adequately correspond to the goodness of God; some of its provisions are limited by what is legally enforceable, whereas others indulge aspects of human sin in an attempt to limit sin's consequences...Jesus' commands transcend the law by prescribing (in a necessarily illustrative, not casuistic or comprehensive way) the goodness of God as the standard for his children...[A]ccording to the Sermon on the Mount, response is essential if Jesus' hearers are to enter God's kingdom..."