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The Beatitudes

Carl R. Holladay

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795734
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795734.003.0006
The Beatitudes

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This chapter discusses the problems besetting any study of the Beatitudes. Most important among these is the fact that the Beatitudes are found in two distinct places: in Matthew 5 and Luke 6. One must pay close attention to the differences and each Evangelist’s distinctive presentation. The chapter also explores the Beatitudes in the history of interpretation from Gregory of Nyssa through Augustine, showing that what the Beatitudes originally meant is inextricably bound up with what they have meant ever since.

Keywords: happiness; Beatitudes; Matthew; Luke; Jesus; Kingdom of God; history of interpretation

Chapter.  12829 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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