Topic 12 Sermon on the Mount. Literary considerations Sermon on Mount (Mt. 5-7) // Sermon on Plain (Lk. 6:17-49). Overlapping content: Beatitudes; Two Foundations; etc. Matt. is much longer (107 verses vs. 30 verses). Each has distinctive material.
Mount of Beatitudes
f. Love neighbor vs. love enemy (v. 43-48).
Views Law piecemeal, as end in itself
Find a rule for everything.
Find a way to comply with every rule.
Problems with “casuistry”:
Leads to idea of merit.
Will of God
(Love, Justice, Mercy)
Views Law as pointer to God’s will
Commandments are finite, partial expressions of God’s will.
Fullness of God’s will (love, justice, mercy) transcends the letter of the law.Torah Interpretation
Oral law – countless rules