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Phenomenologies of Scripture$
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Adam Y. Wells

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275557.001.0001

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To Exist without Enemies

To Exist without Enemies

(p.65) To Exist without Enemies
Phenomenologies of Scripture

Jean-Yves Lacoste

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, Jean-Yves Lacoste offers a theologically rich reading of the Sermon on the Mount, particularly the antitheses (Matt. 5:38-48), in which Jesus issues a series of seemingly impossible commands culminating in the order to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Lacoste argues that the antitheses are speech-acts that exceed the Mosiac law without abrogating it, effectively calling Jesus’ audience to enact (and creating in them the ability to practice) the exact sort of extra-moral perfection that Jesus demands, in the context of both a world (kosmos) where such acts make little sense and a kingdom (Basileia) where they will no longer be necessary.

Keywords:   antitheses, Biblical interpretation, ethics, Kingdom of God, phenomenology, Sermon on the Mount

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