Studying the Beatitudes (with a Little Help from the Greek)

Reasonable Theology Podcast

Feb 13 2024 • 38 mins

The Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the most famous of all of Jesus’ teachings, and the beatitudes in particular have come to be some of the best-known and best-loved verses in the whole of the New Testament.

Christians have much to gain from a deep study of these passages, and our guest today is going to give us some insight into how our study of these verses (and all the New Testament) can benefit from a knowledge of Greek.

Ryan Martin is the man behind Kairos Classroom, which provides online, live instruction in biblical Greek and Hebrew.

On this episode we examine the language of the beatitudes and gain greater insight into Jesus’ teaching by understanding more about His words in the original Greek. We’ll talk about what it means to be “blessed” – how we are to rightly understand biblical meekness, and how we can avoid common mistakes when using language tools like dictionaries when studying Scripture.

At the end, we’ll discuss how you can better equip yourself to dive deeper into your study of Scripture.

This episode will inspire you to see the Scriptures through a new lens and perhaps even embark on the rewarding journey of learning Greek or Hebrew yourself.

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