The Moral Portrait of Jesus’ Own People
A Feature Review of
The Sermon on the Mount
The Story of God Bible Commentary
Hardback: Zondervan, 2013
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Reviewed by Alex Dye.
Under normal circumstances, I would not voluntarily choose to review a Biblical commentary, not because I do not enjoy them or find them valuable but because that would then mean that I would need to read it cover to cover rather than simply use it as a reference source, which is my usual modus operandi. However, I could not pass up an opportunity to review Scot McKnight’s take on one of the most challenging, inspiring, and ignored passages of Scripture in the New Testament: The Sermon on the Mount. I use the term “ignored” not to suggest that we do not currently preach or teach on this subject, but rather to say that we tend to treat this Sermon as quaint, antique, and maybe even unreachable for the average disciple. And yet, not only is this the longest section of direct teachings that we have by Jesus in the New Testament, but in this sermon we are privy to his core character as well as His intentions for Christian discipleship.