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Reading Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5:1-29

Updated on November 7, 2016
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Author Erwin Cabucos studied Religious Education at Australian Catholic University.

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The following guided classroom activities are designed attain good interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-29). Copy the questions and complete your responses on OneNote.

You will need a bible to complete this activity.

Read the passage Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5:1-29 and respond to the following:

World behind the text

  1. What version of the bible did you use?
  2. Who wrote the Sermon on the Mount? When was it written?
  3. Why was this text created?
  4. What do you know about the culture and society of people in Palestine and Israel in the first century?

World within the text

  1. Who are the characters in the Sermon on the Mount?
  2. Where is the story set?
  3. What happens in the story? (Plot)
  4. Scan the story and find out if any of textual features (imagery, metaphor, simile, repetition, contrast, symbol) is used. Give evidence from the text and explain how they are used.
  5. Is there a memorable scene in the story or text?
  6. What key words or interesting ideas that needs exploring further?
  7. Is there anything in the story that tell us something about the historical, political and religious life of the time?
  8. Who speaks and who is silenced?
  9. Notice the structure of the text. Is the structure helpful to the overall understanding of the story or text?
  10. How do the different parts of the text relate to each other?
  11. Why has the author chosen this style or form of writing to convey the message?
  12. Is this text connected to or related to other books of the bible?

World in front of the text

  1. What can we, people of today, learn from this text?
  2. Is there anything in this text that could be challenged by readers today?
  3. How might other modern readers interpret this text differently?
  4. Does the church have a specific teaching about the meaning of the text?
  5. How can this text be applied to:
  • prayer
  • liturgy or mass
  • RE classroom and lessons

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