Friday, November 11, 2005

How to be good

"The sermon [on the Mount, Matthew 5-7] – to take it for the moment as a whole – is not mere miscellany of ethical instruction. It cannot be generalised into a set of suggestions, or even commands, on how to be 'good'. Nor can it be turned into a guide-map for how to go to 'heaven' after death. It is rather, as it stands, a challenge to Israel to be Israel … The question of how to apply the sermon to different times and places is another matter"

-- (Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 288, 292)

Would anyone be able to recommend an article or book that attempts to do the work of applying Mt 5-7 in the modern world without merely anachronistically moralising and universalising everything?


At 11/11/2005 5:20 PM, Blogger Michael F. Bird said...

Scot McKnight's "Jesus Creed" is indeed the place to start. Also, Talbert's recent book on the Sermon on the Mount has had good reviews.

At 11/11/2005 8:29 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Yes, I'm actually about a third of the way through Scot's Jesus Creed - but I haven't yet encountered anything (as far as I can remember) on the Sermon on the Mount. So I look forward to getting there. I have also been following the posts on his blog site recently, and they have been helpful. But I want something more substantial, so I'll definitely have a look at Talbert's book – thanks for that tip – which I have just found at Tübingen library. Oh the joys of this superb library!


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