• Sermon on the Mount

  • A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven
  • By: Amy-Jill Levine
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How is the follower of Jesus to understand the words of the Old Testament? How are those words relevant to the New Covenant he is establishing? What might the words of the Lord’s Prayer have conveyed to his initial followers, and why is that historical information essential to the prayer two millennia later?

In Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine takes a detailed and colorful overview of Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. Through Dr. Levine’s engaging method of biblical interpretation, listeners will come away with a solid understanding of the Sermon on the Mount in its full historical and theological context.

©2020 Amy-Jill Levine (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Ye Resist Not Evil

Amen.

The author writes in a warm-hearted, academic approach and the speaker sounds kind and clear. I loved this version of the story from a perspective that is different than what I've known.

The concepts, facts, circumstances and even the dogma is clear. I recommend the book to anyone, and I will listen to it again.

The most important line in the Sermon to me - "Ye Resist Not Evil" is a very complex and advanced teaching. This single teaching is behind major non-violent movements like Gandhi's and Martin Luther King's. In fact, Tolstoy and Gandhi were very close pen pals and Martin Luther King visited Gandhi's relatives at the Tolstoy Farm (yes, Gandhi named the ashrama after Tolstoy) - the Sermon being their common language. They all revered the Sermon on the Mount for this teaching - believing so vividly in expressing emotion, reason and needs that one is willing to be slapped and slapped, again, yet, the truth of what is behind their values (empathy, compassion, and love) kept and keeps them standing with confidence.

A great accompaniment or additional read is Gandhi's biography by Rajmohan Gandhi, Tolstoy's My Religion, and then also The Kingdom of God is Within You.

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Excellent!

Dr. Levine has given me much to consider as she has brought a fresh vision and application to the Sermon on the Mount, scripture I have studied all my life, including during seminary. I will listen to and read this text many more times and allow it to permeate my life in a new way. Grateful for this work and author.

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accurate and timely interpretation

the authors in depth study of Jesus teaching is insightful and well laid out.
outstanding.

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Excellent insights into the Sermon on the Mount

I truly enjoyed this book and will read it again. Many great connections to other scriptures. The author brings many great insights from her Jewish background. Proper perspective and context is always so helpful to understand scripture.

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Listened with Love

Levine has a way of opening and interpreting the Sermon on the Mount clearly with care for the listener. She made me look things up and want to learn
more. Her work here let's listeners see Jesus through a loving lens.

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Loved it!

Great explanation and insights! As a Christian, i really appreciate the Jewish perspective. Highly recommended. I am looking for more books by this author.

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Amy-Jill Levine doesn't dissapoint

One of the best teachings on the Sermon on the Mount, by one of the most trusted New Testament Scholars! Really eye-opening. Now I understand why there's a study guide and Bible study that accompany this book. I want all my friends to hear this and I really want my church to read and study it.

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amazing

I LOVED this book! it was thoughtful, scriptural with revelation of God's love in Christ. I hope to live the teaching and am excited what God will do.