Anna Wierzbicka's What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and PDF

By Anna Wierzbicka

ISBN-10: 0195137329

ISBN-13: 9780195137323

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During this hugely interdisciplinary paintings, linguist Anna Wierzbicka casts new gentle at the phrases of Jesus through taking her famous semantic idea of ''universal human concepts''- suggestions that are intuitively comprehensible and self-explanatory throughout languages-and bringing it to undergo on Jesus' parables and the Sermon at the Mount. Her process leads to strikingly novel interpretations of the Gospels. Written in discussion with different biblical commentators, What Did Jesus Mean? is either scholarly rigorous but available.

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27 28 The Sermon on the Mount Luke's version (6:20-26) 20. Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. 21. Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. 22. Blessed are you when people hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake. 23. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in the like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

It is the open wound of life in this world. It is the real task of faith and theology to make it possible for us to survive, to go on living, with this open wound. (1981:49) The questions most frequently raised in connection with human suffering are indeed the theodicy questions: why do people suffer? and how can a good God permit human suffering? 1 Moltmann's answer, quoted from Revelation ("God will wipe away every tear from their eyes") is, in effect, the answer of the Beatitudes. The key promise of the Beatitudes is that those who weep will laugh, and those who mourn will be comforted.

This suggests the following explication: anawim (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) many bad things happen to some people because other people do bad things to these people these people know that they can't do anything because of this [because they don't have anything] at the same time these people know that God can do good things for them (f) they know that they can live because God wants to do good things for them, not because of anything else Component (a) shows that the anawim suffer many misfortunes, (b) adds that they are oppressed by some other people, (c) presents them as powerless, (d) (which appears to be optional rather than essential) links their powerlessness with their poverty, and (e) and (f) show that they know that they depend on God.

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