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Reading Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5:1-29
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
- What version of the bible did you use?
- Who wrote the Sermon on the Mount? When was it written?
- Why was this text created?
- What do you know about the culture and society of people in Palestine and Israel in the first century?
World within the text
- Who are the characters in the Sermon on the Mount?
- Where is the story set?
- What happens in the story? (Plot)
- 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.
- Is there a memorable scene in the story or text?
- What key words or interesting ideas that needs exploring further?
- Is there anything in the story that tell us something about the historical, political and religious life of the time?
- Who speaks and who is silenced?
- Notice the structure of the text. Is the structure helpful to the overall understanding of the story or text?
- How do the different parts of the text relate to each other?
- Why has the author chosen this style or form of writing to convey the message?
- Is this text connected to or related to other books of the bible?
World in front of the text
- What can we, people of today, learn from this text?
- Is there anything in this text that could be challenged by readers today?
- How might other modern readers interpret this text differently?
- Does the church have a specific teaching about the meaning of the text?
- How can this text be applied to:
- liturgy or mass
- RE classroom and lessons