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    Byargeon, Rick W.

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    Echoes of Wisdom in the Lord's Prayer (Matt 6:9-13)

    "A brief comment by R. N. Whybray regarding Prov 30:7–9 led to my exploration of the present topic: 'The inclusion of this prayer, a genre unique in Proverbs, suggests that, like the Lord’s Prayer, which may have been partly based on it, it has a didactic purpose: that it is intended as a model prayer, composed by a pious man for imitation and reflection.'...I am therefore proposing that significant echoes of Prov 30:7–9 occur in the Lord’s prayer as recorded in Matt 6:9–13. The echoes do not preclude Jesus’ redaction of traditional Jewish expressions of prayer in the Lord’s prayer. The similarities between Prov 30:7– 9 and Matt 6:9–13 in terms of content and genre, however, suggest more of a wisdom echo in the Lord’s prayer than previously thought."
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    Dahms, John V.

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    "Lead Us Not Into Temptation"

    "These familiar words from the Lord's Prayer invite certain questions: Is it true that God leads men into temptation? If God leads people into temptation, why should anyone pray not to be led into it? Why is it that the followers of Jesus are encouraged to pray that they may not be led into temptation when such a passage as James 1:2 encourages them to rejoice when they meet temptations?"
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    Hultgren, Arland J.

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    Forgive Us, As We Forgive (Matthew 6:12)

    "One of the puzzles concerning the petition is how to interpret the relationship between the two clauses. The first clause, taken by itself, is simple enough. The petitioner asks for forgiveness of sins (or debts). But then comes the word 'as,' which sets up a syntactical comparison. The result is that one asks God for forgiveness 'as' he or she forgives (or has forgiven) others. And that opens up a number of questions for exegesis, theology, and use of this prayer. The purpose of this essay is to explore the relationship between the two lines."
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    Kistemaker, Simon J.

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    The Lord's Prayer in the First Century

    "Because the Lord's prayer is so much used and so well known, we tend to forget its place, setting and significance in the early Christian Church. Admittedly the evidence relating to the Lord's prayer in the first centuries of the Christian era is sparse. Yet valuable background information may be gleaned from sources including Qumran, Judaism, and even Scripture itself."
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    Lanier, David E.

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    The Lord’s Prayer: Matt 6:9-13—A Thematic and Semantic-Structural Analysis

    "The Lord's prayer, sometimes called 'the model prayer,' occurs at the heart of Jesus' most extensive preserved teaching, the Sermon on the Mount.1 What one finds here is no less than the greatest Teacher's greatest sermon on his favorite topic: the Kingdom of God. Not only this, but the prayer itself occupies a quite prominent place within the body of the sermon. Direct quotations within larger discourses are marked prominent. In addition, a cluster of imperative verbs occurring in the prayer itself is a sure sign of prominence. And finally, the prayer is addressed to one whom the speaker holds in special reverence: the heavenly Father himself. If prayer is important, then we should hear the greatest word on the subject, out of .the greatest sermon on the greatest topic, spoken by the greatest Teacher who ever lived."