The Beatitudes

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI:
The Beatitudes

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This chapter focuses on those Beatitudes widely regarded as “authentic,” that is, as representing Jesus’ “ipsissima verba,” and stresses their importance as the heart of Jesus’ preaching. It discusses the meaning of the Greek expressions underlying the English “poor (in spirit),” “the hungry,” “those who mourn (weep),” and “the meek,” and explains the sense of the relevant Beatitudes in simple and universal human concepts. For example, the sense of the beatitude of “the weeping (mourning)” is represented (partially) as follows: “sometimes very bad things happen to people; because these things happen, these people feel something very bad; God knows about this; God will do good things for these people because of this; these people will feel something very good because of this”

Keywords: authenticity (“ipsissima verba”); importance of the Beatitudes; meaning of the key Greek expressions; universal human concepts

Chapter.  14528 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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