The Perilous Sayings: Interpreting Christ's Call to Obedience in the Sermon on the Mount

The Perilous Sayings: Interpreting Christ's Call to Obedience in the Sermon on the Mount

by Amos Winarto Oei

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Dr Amos Winarto Oei brings fresh clarity and understanding of the antitheses of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. Providing a thorough evaluation of key historical and contemporary interpretations of Matthew 5:21–48 from notable theologians, Oei illustrates the unity surrounding the teachings of Jesus, even among disparate denominational traditions. Dr Oei also addresses whether the ethics Jesus set out in the antitheses are for Christians only, or whether they are demands for all individuals and also the state. This book is the product of extensive theological research and sound exegesis and presents a clear argument of the universal nature and individual scope of the ethics and morality of the most famous sermon ever preached.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783682416
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 829 KB

About the Author

AMOS WINARTO OEI holds a PhD in Moral Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and has sixteen years' teaching experience at higher education institutions in his home country of Indonesia. Currently he is Dean of Students at Aletheia Theological Seminary, Lawang, East Java, Indonesia. He also has experience in church ministry, serving as youth minister and then senior pastor at The Church of Christ the Lord in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1


1.1 The State of the Problem

1.2 Thesis Statement

1.3 Methodology

1.4 Terminology

1.5 Chapter Survey

Chapter 2

Leonardo Boff on the Antitheses

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The Antitheses Are not Moral Precepts

2.3 The Antitheses Are Jesus’ Call for Social Revolution

2.4 Summary and Assessments

Chapter 3

John Calvin on the Antitheses

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Calvin’s Exposition of the Antitheses 4–6 (Matt 5:33–48)

3.3 The Antitheses Are Intended to Govern the Conduct of Individuals

3.4 The Antitheses Are Binding on All People

3.5 Summary and Assessments

Chapter 4

Helmut Thielicke on the Antitheses

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The Usus Elenchticus of the Antitheses

4.3 The Sociopolitical Implication of the Antitheses

4.4 Summary and Assessments

Chapter 5

John Howard Yoder on the Antitheses

5.1 Introduction

5.2 The Nonviolent Epistemology and the Antitheses

5.3 The Particularity of the Antitheses

5.4 The Institutionality of the Antitheses

5.5 Summary and Assessments

Chapter 6

Roman Catholic Interpretation of the Antitheses

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The Antitheses and the Decalogue

6.3 The Extent of the Antitheses

6.4 Summary and Assessments

Chapter 7

The Antitheses Are Binding on All People

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Morality and the Antitheses

7.3 A Reconsideration of Previous Chapters

7.4 The Moral Teaching of the Sixth Antithesis

7.5 Summary

Chapter 8

The Antitheses Are for Individuals and Not for States

8.1 Introduction

8.2 The Antitheses and Their Ethical Scope

8.3 An Evaluation of Leonardo Boff’s Sociopolitical Liberation Agenda of the Antitheses

8.4 An Appraisal of Thielicke’s Usus Elencthicus Pattern of the Antitheses

8.5 A Review of Yoder’s Nonviolent Model of the Antitheses

8.6 The Antitheses and the Place of Social Ethics in Scripture

8.7 Summary

Chapter 9


9.1 Summary of the Argument

9.2 Areas for Further Study

9.3 The Contribution of the Project to the Ministry of the Church


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