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New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology: Sermon on the Mount
Restoring Christ's Message to the Modern Church
Publisher: B&H Academic
Category: Theology

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Matthew 5-7, popularly known as the Sermon on the Mount, has been described as "the essence of Christianity" and inspired many commentaries. However, New Testament professor Charles Quarles believes a fair number of those volumes either present Christ's sermon as containing an impossible spiritual ethic or instead dilute its message so much that hardly any ethical challenge remains. Also, according to a recent Gallup poll, only one-third of American adults recognize Jesus as the source of this teaching, which has often inspired people who do not even embrace evangelical Christianity.
Quarles' new analysis, part of the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series, aims to fill the gap between these extremes by dealing with the important questions of whether believers can live by the Sermon on the Mount today, and, if so, how. Looking at the Beatitudes, what it means to be salt and light, and the demand for superior righteousness, he writes to restore this crucial section of our Lord's teaching to its proper place in His church.

About the Author

Charles L. Quarles (Ph.D., Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is author of The Sermon on the Mount: Restoring Christ's Message to the Modern Church and coauthor of The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament (with Andreas Kosetenberger and L. Scott Kellum).