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Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7

Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7

by Charles H. Talbert
Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7

Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Decision Making in Matthew 5-7

by Charles H. Talbert

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Overview

The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most familiar passages in the New Testament. In this concise and clearly-written introduction to and commentary on the Sermon, Charles Talbert pays particular attention to its role in character formation and ethical decision making.

After introductory chapters on reading the Sermon on the Mount, the book offers a section-by-section commentary. Talbert points out structural highlights, provides illuminating cross-references to Jewish and Greco-Roman literature, and concludes each section with a consideration of how it contributes to character formation and how it can be used with the rest of Scripture for ethical decision-making. The book is packed with insights that will be of great use to students as well as those who preach and teach the Sermon.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801031632
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Charles H. Talbert (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is distinguished professor of religion at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of twenty books, including commentaries on Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

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C. Clifton Black

Reading the Sermon on the Mount is vintage Talbert: lucid, logical, with mastery of the commentary tradition and intimate knowledge of primary sources. The author's emphasis on the Sermon's role in the formation of character is a most welcome gift to specialists and general readers alike.

Dale C. Allison

Charles H. Talbert's expertise regarding the relevant ancient sources, whether Greco-Roman or Jewish, is matched by his thorough familiarity with recent critical study of the Sermon on the Mount. He is also theologically sensitive and hermeneutically sophisticated. The result is a lucid and sure guide to the minefield that is the Sermon on the Mount.

Robert J. Karris

Charles H. Talbert has made a wonderful contribution to the study of the New Testament and ethics. He writes with his characteristic decisiveness and clarity and brightly illumines the Sermon on the Mount from his deep grasp of the pertinent Greco-Roman and Jewish sources, the entire New Testament, and vintage scholarly literature.

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