What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts / Edition 1

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In this highly interdisciplinary work, linguist Anna Wierzbicka casts new light on the words of Jesus by taking her well-known semantic theory of "universal human concepts"- concepts which are intuitively understandable and self-explanatory across languages-and bringing it to bear on Jesus' parables and the Sermon on the Mount. Her approach results in strikingly novel interpretations of the Gospels. Written in dialogue with other biblical commentators, What Did Jesus Mean? is both scholarly rigorous yet accessible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195137330
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
Pt. I The Sermon on the Mount
2 The Beatitudes 27
3 You Have Heard ... But I Say to You ... 57
4 Other Key Sayings 126
5 The Lord's Prayer 226
Pt. II The Parables
6 The Sower 257
7 The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price 266
8 The Leaven and The Mustard Seed 274
9 The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin 292
10 The Prodigal Son 300
11 The Unforgiving Servant 310
12 The Laborers in the Vineyard 320
13 The Servant's Reward 332
14 The Great Feast 341
15 The Last Judgment 356
16 The Good Samaritan 373
17 The Rich Man and Lazarus 380
18 The Rich Fool 388
19 The Doorkeeper 397
20 The Talents 404
21 The Dishonest Steward 414
22 The Unjust Judge and the Friend at Midnight 422
23 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 429
Pt. III Conclusions and Further Perspectives
24 An Overall Picture of Jesus' Teaching 441
25 Implications for Theology: Christianity in a Nutshell 444
26 Language: A Key Issue in Understanding Jesus and Christianity 455
Notes 465
References 481
Index 497
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