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Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries, The: From the Early Church to John Paul II [Paperback]

Jeffrey P. Greenman , Timothy Larsen , Stephen R. Spencer

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1 Oct 2007
Believers around the world and throughout time have relied on their knowledge of the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, and the Golden Rule. The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries offers illuminating insights into our identity in Christ as it is found in his most famous words. These enlightening essays will heighten the reader's relationship with Christ and make the founders of the faith wholly accessible today. Contributors include Stanley Hauerwas, David Lyle Jeffrey, Margaret M. Mitchell, Mark A. Noll, and Robert L. Wilken.

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Jeffrey P. Greenman (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is professor of Christian ethics and associate dean of biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College. Timothy Larsen (Ph.D., University of Stirling, Scotland) is professor of theology at Wheaton College and author of Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth Century England. Greenman and Larsen are the editors of Reading Romans through the Centuries. Stephen R. Spencer (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have Resource for Studying the Sermon on the Mount 19 Oct 2008
By Trevin Wax - Published on
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One of the required books for the Sermon on the Mount J-Term I took in January is The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries: From the Early Church to John Paul II (2007, Brazos Press) - a book with contributions from a wide range of scholars. We were required to read only 150 pages of this book and were allowed to choose whatever chapters we desired. I couldn't help myself and wound up reading the whole thing. It's that good!

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most controversial passages of Scripture. Pastors and theologians have wrestled with its stark demands. Should we ever take an oath? Is war ever justified? How much of this Sermon should be taken literally? Is this Law or Gospel or Law & Gospel? Is the Sermon for believers or for everybody? What do the Beatitudes mean?

No other book will give you such an easily accessible guide to interpretation of the Sermon throughout church history.

Want an Eastern view of the Sermon? Check out the chapter on John Chyrsostom.

What is the purpose of the Sermon? Look at Augustine for a surprising answer.

How are we supposed to treat these demands? Which demand is for which kingdom? The kingdom of man or the kingdom of Christ? Luther had a lot to say to that.

Is the Sermon Law or Gospel? Calvin's answer may differ from some Reformed teaching.

How did John Wesley handle the demand for perfection?

Why did Charles Spurgeon tend to allegorize? What was Spurgeon's link to Catholic mysticism?

How could Dietrich Bonhoeffer see the Sermon as a treatise on the subversive Christian community and then involve himself in a plot to assassinate Hitler?

How counter-cultural is this Sermon? A chapter devoted to John Stott's view will answer that question.

The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries is a terrific resource for studying the Sermon on the Mount. Next time you work your way through Matthew 5-7, make sure you sit down with some of the greatest thinkers of the Church as you do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Chapter 4 alone! 10 Aug 2013
By Michael Bennett - Published on
This book is worth it's price for chapter 4 - Hugh of St.Victor - all by itself. Like the lazy student learning how far behind he is, I exclaim, "What? Why wasn't I told about this?" Hugh in his "Five Sevens" wraps up the plight of lost humanity as well as I've ever encountered, and then blessedly the way back to God as well. The downside? Now I have to find out what from Hugh is available in English, and that will surely cost a few bucks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lack unity. 19 April 2013
By Roy J. Meek - Published on
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I am about to begin teaching a series on the SOM, and was eager to read this book. This was the first book I read to get familiar with the topic. I found the book to book to be o.k. but lacking. The fact that each chapter is written by a different person means the book feels uneven. Different authors focused on different areas and often didn't mention important topic at all. The biggest disappointment was the lack of focus on hermeneutics. I wanted to know how each theologian approached the difficult passages and was often left scratching my head. It was interesting to read, but did not serve as a great introductory text.
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