The Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount Life-of-Brian

In September 2018 I taught an undergrad class on the Synoptic Gospels. As part of this class I blogged through the Sermon on the Mount over three months. I taught the Sermon in a Bible Study format at my church and found that was not enough time to cover everything I thought was important. Then both Scot McKnight and Jonathan Pennington both published commentaries on the Sermon on the Mount, so the blog format gave me an opportunity to interact with them in more detail.

After the series was finished in December, I gathered the links and turned this page into an index for the Sermon on the Mount series. Once again I taught the Synoptic Gospels in September 2020, but I focused on Matthew 8-12. Since the original posting I have done some editing and expansion on the original Sermon on the Mount posts.

The Sermon on the Mount and Going Beyond the Law

Creating the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount and Christian Ethics
Jesus as a New Moses

Dispensational Theology and the Sermon on the Mount\

What are the Beatitudes?

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit – Matthew 5:3

Blessed are Those Who Mourn – Matthew 5:4

Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness – Matthew 5:6

Blessed are the Pure in Heart – Matthew 5:8

A Theology of the Beatitudes

You are the Salt of the Earth – Matthew 5:15

Salt as a Preserving Influence within Judaism

You are the Light of the World – Matthew 5:14-16

Jesus as the Fulfillment of the Law – Matthew 5:17-20

Anger and Murder – Matthew 5:21-26

Jesus and Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32

The Offense of Jesus’s Teaching on Adultery and Oaths

The Principle of an “Eye for an Eye” – Matthew 5:38-42

“You Must Be Perfect” – Matthew 5:48

Be Careful When Practicing Righteousness – Matthew 6:1

When You Give, Give in Secret – Matthew 6:2-4

Praying Like The Pagans – Matthew 6:5-8

Forgive us Our Debts – Matthew 6:12

Lead us Not into Temptation – Matthew 6:13

A Warning against Wealth – Matthew 6:19-21

Judged By Your Own Standard – Matthew 7:1-2

The Speck in Your Own Eye – Matthew 7:3-5

A Father Who Gives God Gifts – Matthew 7:9-11

The Narrow Gate – Matthew 7:13-14

Not Every Who Follows Jesus is a Real Disciple – Matthew 7:21-23

A Wise and Foolish Builder – Matthew 7:25-27


2 Enoch and the Sermon on the Mount – 2 Enoch 38-63



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