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New Testament Books - The Acts of the Apostles

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Author(s): Jacques Dupont
Part of New Testament Books: 1. The Synoptic Gospels 2. The Gospel of John 3. The Acts of the Apostles 4. The Letters of Paul 5. The Letter of James 6. The Letters of Peter 7. The Letters of John 8. The Letter of Jude 9. Revelation 1. Contents. The Acts is the second volume of a work Ad Theophilum of which the gospel according to Luke forms the first volume. Our present titles date no doubt from the 2nd century. The programme of the book is indicated in 1:8, which speaks of the testimony which the apostles, after receiving the Holy Spirit, are to render…

Sermon on the Mount

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Author(s): Jacques Dupont
1. St. Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount, Mt 5–7, is the first and most important of the discourses of Jesus which mark this gospel. It gives a general picture of the “justice” which should characterize the disciples of Jesus and give them access to the Kingdom of God. In the introduction, the beatitudes (5:3–12) constitute a first presentation of the conditions to be fulfilled by the disciples to possess the Kingdom of God. The metaphors of salt and light (vv. 13–16) insist on the good example whi…