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Daily Archives: 16 Apr 2017
Here’s something for you.
It was a real joy to have Lloyd Pietersen with us recently to present a paper on ‘Does the Matthean Jesus really love his enemies?’ He was participating as part of the Humanities Research Group Seminar Series for the Newman Humanities Research Centre.
(full text of paper available to download below)
Lloyd began by conceding that this was his first time presenting an academic paper on the Synoptics (or Matthew in particular) and that this was very much a work in progress. The focus was Jesus’ instruction in Matt 5:44 to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”, from the Sermon on the Mount, and argued that this idea broadly conflicted with the canonical and non-canonical Jewish understanding of ‘enemy hatred’.
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But some believe…
When at Athens Paul began to preach of our Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead, they laughed at him first; but, after they thoroughly understood the matter, many of them were converted to the Christian belief, especially one of the highest magistrates called Dionysius and a noble lady, Damaris. And so we also hope that when the subject is heard to the end, all of your reasonable hearts will become favourable. — Huldrych Zwingli