Course: The Sermon on the Mount - An Invitation to Liberating Practice

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Course title The Sermon on the Mount - An Invitation to Liberating Practice
Course code KCHP/KNH
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šrajer Jindřich, doc. Dr. theol.
  • Hanke Jarošová Světla, Mgr.
Course content
1. Relationship of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. The mountain as a place of God' delivering presence. Rationalistic interpretation of he world as a closed system and the biblical view of world open to divine activity. (Matt. 5:1-2) 2. The nature of God's Kingdom proclaimed by Isaiah and inaugurated by Jesus. Introduction to the relevant passages of the Book of Isaiah and identification of the characteristic features of God's reign proclaimed by him. 3. The beatitudes I. (Matt. 5:3-5) 4. The beatitudes II. (Mt 5:6-16) 5. The idealistic interpretation of teachings contained in the Sermon on the Mount as thesis and antithesis. The triadic interpretation Jesus' teaching does not abolish the Law but fulfil it. General pattern of the triadic interpretation on the example of teaching about anger. (Matt. 5:17-26) 6. Looking as acting. Keeping covenant relationships as participating in deliverance from consequences of coveting. Rejection of legal procedures justifying breaking covenant relationships. Unconditional truthfulness as participation in God's way of deliverance. Truthfulness as part of a covenant relationship. (Matt. 5:27-37) 7. Invitation to participation in deliverance from the vicious cycle of revenge by means of surprising non-violent actions that point to the acting person's dignity and allow for forming new relationships of covenant and cooperation for the good of community. Loving enemies as affirming and meeting their valid needs. Its transformative consequences. (Matt. 5:38-48) 8. Jesus' prayer as model of all prayer. Secrecy as dwelling in the presence of the compassionate God. Our Father as the central organizing structure of the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt.6:1-18) 9. What to invest (and not invest) one's hope foe self-affirmation, honour, worthiness and meaning in. Call to total allegiance. Invitation to participation in God's delivering action for the poor and the marginalized; consequences of accepting it. (Matt. 6:19-34) 10. Ethical judgment as distinguishing good and evil and ethical judgment as condemnation. Relationship to others as participation in God's forgiveness. Healing of sight deformed by selfish interests as service empowering one to help others. Proclaiming one's own part in injustice as opening up to God's work of renewal. (Matt.7:1-5) 11. Difficulties of interpreting the teaching about giving what is holy to dogs. Its interpretation within the triadic interpretation framework. Whom to give one's trust, loyalty and prayer. Fulfilment of the Law and the prophets. (Matt.7:6-12) 12. Judging ethical system by the long-term consequences of accepting their guiding principles. The Trinitarian nature of Jesus' ethics. Ethics of discipleship as life of responsible obedience, solidarity with the persecuted and resistance to social evil. (Matt.7:13-29) 13. Conclusion, summary.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Individual preparation for exam
Learning outcomes
To teach students to distinguish between the scientific and biblical worldview and thus between different types of argument. To introduce them to ways of transformation of the individual and the world to which the Christian Scripture points and with the conditions of their realization, i.e., the values and attitudes one must take to open up to God's liberating action and participate in it. To present different ways of conducting ethical argument and offer criteria allowing to choose among them.
Students distinguish among various ways of conducting argument, primarily ethical, and are able to independently opt for one of them. They know the requirements of Christian discipleship as well as the prospects it opens.
none; basic orientation in Scripture and the ability to read English or German is an advantage

Assessment methods and criteria
Interview, Colloquium, Seminar work

active participation, presentation
Recommended literature
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Následování: výklad Kázání na hoře. Ústřední církevní nakladatelství, 1962.
  • Merell, Jan. Kázání na hoře: výklad a úvahy na 5.-6. kapitolu evangelia sv. Matouše. Česká katolická Charita, 1964.
  • Schnackenburg, Rudolf. Všechno zmůže, kdo věří: Kázání na hoře a Otčenáš. Vyšehrad, 1997.
  • Schneider, Gerhard. Botschaft der Bergpredigt. Pattloch, 1969.
  • Stassen, Glen H., Gushee, David P. Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context. IVP Academic, 2003.
  • Stassen, H. Glen. Living the Sermon on the Mount: A Practical Hope for Grace and Deliverance. Jossey-Bass, 2006.
  • Stott, John R. W. Kázání na hoře: hledat nejprve Boží království: 13 studií pro jednotlivce i skupiny. Návrat, 1993.

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