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|Title||Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & the Sermon on the Mount|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Authors||Welch, John W.|
|Number of Pages||296|
|Keywords||Ancient Near East; Jesus Christ; Sermon at the Temple; Sermon on the Mount; Temple; Temple Text|
Understanding the Sermon on the Mount (meaning both texts in their shared, collective meaning) as a temple text reveals that it has far more power and unity than a mere collection of miscellaneous sayings of Jesus. John W. Welch examines the teachings and commandments of the Sermon on the Mount in its Book of Mormon setting—at the Nephite temple, in connection with sacred ordinances of covenant making. This context opens new insights into the meaning and significance of the Sermon whereby readers never again see the Sermon the same.
Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & Sermon on the Mount adapts and expands Welch’s earlier work to offer a thorough Latter-day Saint interpretation of the Savior’s greatest sermon, drawing on insights from Jesus’s Sermon at the Temple in 3 Nephi to shed light on his Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. This edition includes substantial additions based on insights gleaned throughout a decade of continuing research.
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- The Need for a Unifying Interpretation
- The Temple Context and Unity of the Sermon at the Temple
- Toward an Understanding of the Sermon as an Ancient Temple Text
- Some Personal Reflections
- The Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount: The Differences
- The Common Israelite Background
- Joseph Smith and the Translation of the Sermon at the Temple
- The Sermon at the Temple and the Greek New Testament Manuscripts
- Jesus and the Composition of the Sermon on the Mount
- The Sermon in Light of Ritual Studies
- Results and Concluding Thoughts
- Appendix: A Comparison of the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon at the Temple