Category Archives: Biblical Reflections

Matthew 5: 33-47 A Community of Truthful Speech, Non-Violence and Love

Matthew 5: 33-47 Parallel Luke 6: 27-36 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below 33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you … Continue reading

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Matthew 5: 21-32 Law and Relationships in the Kingdom

Matthew 5: 21-32 Parallel Mark 9: 43-48; 10: 11-12; Luke 12: 57-59; 16:18 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever … Continue reading

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Gehenna, Tartaros, Sheol, Hades and Hell

  For many Christians the concept of hell has a lot of baggage associated with it. In the New Testament Gehenna, Sheol, or Tartaros which are translated Hades (Sheol) or Hell (Gehenna or Tartaros) did not carry the same level … Continue reading

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Matthew 5: 13-20 A Visible Vocation Connected to Scripture

Matthew 5: 13-20 Parallel Mark 9:49-50 and 4:21, Luke 14: 35-35, 8: 16, 11:33 and 16: 16-17 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below  13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, … Continue reading

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Matthew 5: 1-12 The Wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5: 1-12 Parallel Luke 6: 20-26 Highlighted words will have comment on translation below 1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is probably the best know piece that is unique to Matthew’s gospel (as it is assembled, although much of the material in the Sermon is found throughout Luke’s gospel) and there are scholars … Continue reading

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Perfection and Blamelessness in the Bible

In looking at how to approach the Sermon on the Mount, I’ve wrestled with how to translate the word translated perfect in Matthew 5:48 and while my suspicion is that perfect is not a good translation for the Greek work … Continue reading

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