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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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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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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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Matthew 4: 18-25 Snagging the Fishers for Humanity and Spreading the Kingdom

Matthew 4: 18-25 Parallel Mark 1: 16-20, Luke 5: 1-11; John 1: 35-51 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the … Continue reading

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Matthew 4: 12-17 The Kingdom’s Foothold

Matthew 4: 12-17 Parallel Mark 1: 14-15, Luke 4: 14-15 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory … Continue reading

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