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Author: Hans Dieter Betz
ISBN13: 978-0800607265
Title: Essays on the Sermon on the Mount
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Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing (December 1, 1985)
Pages: 170

Essays on the Sermon on the Mount by Hans Dieter Betz



Asbury Theological Seminal), Essays on the Sermon on the Mount. Neyrey distills the four Gospels into a series of what he calls "catchbasins" to collect various stages of the church's portrait of Jesus (Mission and Membership. the possibility of data from the historical Jesus is never considered as a potential check or corrective to ecclesiastical "distortions  . An exegete treating the Sermon on the Mount cannot do his job adequately if he does not explain how the Sermon on the Mount was incorporated into this larger whole and what it means there.

A diligent and carefully argued exercise in the historico-critical method, Hans Dieter Betz' Essays present the Sermon on the Mount (SM) as a pre-Matthean composition coming from a Jewish-Christian community engaged in the polemical process of constructing an identity vis-vis mainstream Jewish (Pharisaic) groups on the one hand and emerging Gentile Christianity on the other.

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Hans Dieter Betz (born 21 May 1931, Lemgo, Germany) is a German/American scholar of the New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Chicago. Hans Dieter Betz was born and raised in Germany. vi He received his theological education at Bethel and Mainz in Germany, and at Cambridge in England

Although Betz investigates the tradition-histories of the various units, focus is on the final form of the texts. The book ends with a useful bibliography and extensive indices. The chief value of Betz's work lies in its exegetical richness, in the way in which traditional exegetical questions as well as Jewish and Greco-Roman parallels are thoroughly explored down to the minutiae.

Some scholars have noted the parallels between the Sermon on the Mount and the ancient temple. 9 Hans Dieter Betz compared the Beatitudes of the Sermon with the initiation rituals of ancient mystery religions. Betz also argued that the Sermon’s literary function was as a philosophical epitome, a distillation or summary of Jesus’ teachings prepared for a specific purpose. Welch has proposed that the Sermon on the Mount contains 25 stages each related to the temple. 12 The temple connections are further enhanced in the Book of Mormon, where not only the setting at the temple is explicit, but the sequence of events both before and after the material parallel to Matthew evokes temple imagery, doubling the amount of temple themes identified.

6:1-18: Reflections and Questions on the Historical Jesus" (p. 55), I was alerted to Norman Perrin'. At Ed Jones’ urging, a few of months ago I purchased Essays on the Sermon on the Mount, a collection of papers by Hans Dieter Betz. While reading chapter 4, A Jewish-Christian Cultic Didache in Matt. 6:1-18: Reflections and Questions on the Historical Jesus (p. 55), I was alerted to Norman Perrin’s Rediscovering the Teaching of Jesus. Betz cites this book as a landmark work in the quest to determine the authenticity of Jesus’ sayings. I started reading Perrin’s book and came upon a citation of .

"A diligent and carefully argued exercise in the historico-critical method, Hans Dieter Betz' Essays present the Sermon on the Mount (SM) as a pre-Matthean composition coming from a Jewish-Christian community engaged in the polemical process of constructing an identity vis-à-vis mainstream Jewish (Pharisaic) groups on the one hand and emerging Gentile Christianity on the other. It is this process that prompts the SM compiler(s) to rethink and rework the inherited Jesus tradition. Since the first appearance of the Essays in 1985 - the classic Hermeneia commentary on the SM by the author would be published in 1995 - they have remained essential reading for students of the New Testament and its Hellenistic and Jewish settings. Today, the exciting new ways of reading the Sermon suggested in Betz' seminal work continue to inform our search for a fuller and clearer grasp of the multi-faceted and dynamic world of nascent Christianity, as well as the ongoing quest for the historical Jesus." -Serge Ruzer Hebrew University of Jerusalem "The perspective that unifies these essays is the assertion that the Sermon on the Mount should be recognized and studied as an independent composition that was compiled prior to its incorporation into the Gospel of Matthew. . . . Betz argues that the Sermon on the Mount is an epitome, that is, a condensation of the teachings of Jesus, collected for the purpose of brevity and precision. Such a genre was useful, because it encouraged a follower or disciple to keep the teacher's entire system in mind." -Theology Today HANS DIETER BETZ is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at The Divinity School, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the Hermeneia.
Reviews: 2
TheSuspect
You need his Hermeneia blockbuster ('Sermon on the Mount'), but these essays make reading that easier. You need both. Betz covers every possible angle, knows where to admit ignorance, and includes insights you'd never arrive at in 1000 years.
Gldasiy
If you actually want to understand the Sermon on the Mount, this book is not helpful. If you want to read a highly creative new interpretation inconsistent with orthodox Christianity, this book may interest you.