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Challenge Of Discipleship : A Critical Study of the Sermon on the Mount as Scripture -  Patte

Challenge Of Discipleship

A Critical Study of the Sermon on the Mount as Scripture

By: Patte

Paperback Published: 14th September 1999
ISBN: 9781563382864

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This book invites readers to assume responsibility for their own interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount through a practice of "critical study of the Bible as scripture." Such a practice takes as a starting point the conclusions about "the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount for believers today," which Christian believers of all walks of life formulate for themselves, which non-Christian ordinary readers readily envision as they observe Christians, and which scholars imply in their sophisticated interpretations. Assuming responsibility for one's interpretation involves becoming aware that it results from a series of choices among equally legitimate and plausible options, and self-consciously deciding whether or not one wants to claim "it is the best for believers today" - or, for Christian interpreters, "I believe (credo) it is Word of God for us today." Through a series of exercises, readers - whether simple believers or scholars are invited first to formulate their own conclusions about teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and then to recognize the choices implied in their interpretations by comparing them with five kinds of readings proposed by scholars. "Daniel Patte shows respect for every interpretation, be it those of 'ordinary people' or those of scholars, and clarifies underlying presuppositions of each option. In a fascinating and new way, he relates critical insights to matters of faith, ultimately to help Christians affirm their credo as truly theirs." Christina Grenholm, Uppsala University Daniel M. Patte is Professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University and the author of Discipleship according to the Sermon on the Mount (Trinity 1996).

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."..a rich, optimistic, and challenging study in both its discussion of the [Sermon on the Mount] and in its commitment to faith-interpretations." Warren Carter, St.--Sanford Lakoff "Religious Studies Review "

Introduction: A Critical Study of the New Testament as Scripturep. 3
The Beatitudes as Scripture: The Teaching about Discipleship of Matthew 5:1-16 and 7:13-29
"Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit": The Beatitudes and Discipleship Today, Matthew 5:1-16 and 7:13-29p. 25
Assuming Responsibility for Our Faith-Interpretationsp. 43
Discipleship as Doing God's Will and Our Faith-Interpretations of the Beatitudesp. 64
Discipleship as Imitating Christ and Struggling for the Kingdom and Our Faith-Interpretations of the Beatitudesp. 86
Assuming Responsibility for Our Views of Scripture and their Roles in our Interpretations of Matthew 5:17-48 and 7:12
Discipleship as Fulfilling Scripture: Matthew 5:17-48 and 7:12p. 121
Teachings about Divorce and Not Resisting Evil (Part 1): Matthew 5:31-32, 38-42 as Lamp to My Feet, Canon, Good News, and Family Albump. 136
Teachings about Divorce and Not Resisting Evil (Part 2): Matthew 5:31-32, 38-42 as Corrective Glasses and Empowering Wordp. 161
Choosing an Interpretation: The Challenge of Discipleship, Matthew 6:1-7:11p. 190
Why a Critical Study of the New Testament as Scripture?p. 211
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 259
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ISBN: 9781563382864
ISBN-10: 1563382865
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 14th September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1