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What Did Jesus Mean? Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts
Anna Wierzbicka

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Format: Paperback, 509pp.
ISBN: 0195137337
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Inc
Pub. Date: March 2001

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In this highly interdisciplinary work, linguist Anna Wierzbicka casts new light on the words of Jesus by taking her well-known semantic theory of "universal human concepts"—concepts which are intuitively understandable and self-explanatory across languages—and bringing it to bear on Jesus' parables and the Sermon on the Mount. Her approach results in strikingly novel interpretations of the Gospels. Written in dialogue with other biblical commentators, What Did Jesus Mean? is both scholarly rigorous yet accessible.

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Anna Wierzbicka is a Professor in the Department of Linquistics at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Table of Contents

Part IThe Sermon on the Mount
2The Beatitudes27
3You Have Heard ... But I Say to You ...57
4Other Key Sayings126
5The Lord's Prayer226
Part IIThe Parables
6The Sower257
7The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price266
8The Leaven and The Mustard Seed274
9The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin292
10The Prodigal Son300
11The Unforgiving Servant310
12The Laborers in the Vineyard320
13The Servant's Reward332
14The Great Feast341
15The Last Judgment356
16The Good Samaritan373
17The Rich Man and Lazarus380
18The Rich Fool388
19The Doorkeeper397
20The Talents404
21The Dishonest Steward414
22The Unjust Judge and the Friend at Midnight422
23The Pharisee and the Tax Collector429
Part IIIConclusions and Further Perspectives
24An Overall Picture of Jesus' Teaching441
25Implications for Theology: Christianity in a Nutshell444
26Language: A Key Issue in Understanding Jesus and Christianity455

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