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I suspect that lurking behind Piper's formulation is awareness of forms of rabbinic interpretation. The principle in question here is the so-called qal waŠł•omer, literally "the light and the weighty". This was the logical move either from greater to lesser (a majori ad minus) or vice-versa (a minori ad majus). This form of argument was accredited to Hillel, ...


Matthew's gospel was specifically written for a Jewish audience regarding Jewish law and showing how Jesus fit that as the Messiah that the Jews were looking for. However, I believe that both Christians and non-believers can benefit from the Sermon on the Mount. The "impossibly high bar" that is set by Jesus' teaching is a recurring theme through the ...

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