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Contents Editor's Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1: The Moral Law's Enduring Relevance 1 The Continuity and Discontinuity between the Testaments 1 The Relevancy and Applicability of the Moral Law 6 The Relationship between the Decalogue and the Sermon on the Mount 7 The Study to Be Conducted 8 The Unsettled State of Biblical Scholarship 9 Conclusion 12 Chapter 2: The Biblical Concept of the Law 13 Legal Terms in the Old Testament 13 Legal Terms in the New Testament 15 The Nature of the Law 16 The Types of Law 17 The Divine Intent Behind the Law 26 The Purposes of the Law 27 Jesus and the Law 29 The Relevancy of the Moral Law for Christians 31 Conclusion 33 Chapter 3: An Overview of the Decalogue 35 The Prominence of the Decalogue in Various Religious Traditions 35 The Enumeration of the Decalogue in Various Religious Traditions 36 The Issue of the Sabbath in Various Religious Traditions 40 The Decalogue as a Suzerainty Royal Treaty 46 Conclusion 48 Chapter 4: A Content Analysis of the Decalogue 51 Historical Prologue (Exodus 20:1-2; Deuteronomy 5:1-6) 51 Stipulations to Be Followed (Exodus 20:3-17; Deuteronomy 5:7-21) 54 Conclusion 83 Chapter 5: An Overview of the Sermon on the Mount 85 Content Survey 85 Structural Overview 96 Interpretation and Application of the Sermon on the Mount 104 Conclusion 116 Chapter 6: A Content Analysis of the Sermon on the Mount 117 Prologue (Matthew 5:1-2a) 117 The Joy, Fulfillment, and Responsibilities of Christ's Followers (Matthew 5:2b-16) 118 The Moral Law of God and the Nature of its Absolute Requirements (Matthew 5:17-7:12) 135 The Direction, Lifestyle, and Spiritual Foundation Of Christ's Followers (Matthew 7:13-27) 179 Epilogue (Matthew 7:28-29) 186 Conclusion 187 Chapter 7: An Affirmation of the Moral Law's Enduring Relevance 189 The Biblical and Theological Relationship between the Decalogue and the Sermon on the Mount 189 The Decalogue's Structure and the Arrangement of the Sermon on the Mount 194 The Extent to which the Church Is Obligated to Obey the Sermon on the Mount 195 The Relevancy of the Moral Law for the Church 197 The Extent to which Christians Are Obligated to Obey the Moral Law 198 The Nature and Extent of the Moral Law's Continuing Relevance for the Church 200 Areas for Future Research 201 Notes 203 Bibliography 281 Subject Index (anticipated) 313 References Index (anticipated) 315
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Sermon on the mount Criticism, interpretation, etc, Ten commandments Criticism, interpretation, etc, Bible, N, T, Matthew Relation to Exodus, Bible, O, T, Exodus Relation to Matthew