Note: I colorized, clarified, and updated the graphic after a conversation with Jonathan.
Just for the record, I am not writing this post in order to toot my own horn. But I wanted to wet your appetite for a soon-to-be-released, can’t miss book on the Sermon on the Mount.
World renowned Gospels’ scholar, Jonathan Pennington, will be releasing his latest book, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary, on June 20, 2017. Jonathan happens to be a dear friend and I’ve had the benefit of reading an early manuscript.
At this point, I don’t intend on reviewing his book (many other more learned and helpful reviews will come), but I did want to share some of Jonathan’s (and a few of my own) insights about the structure of Matthew’s gospel by way of a picture.
A Topographical Map
The Gospel of Matthew is structured around 5 major discourses (a well-substantiated fact), and Jonathan makes many insightful connections about these five discourses, especially as they relate to the first discourse, The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I dreamt last night of this structure and this morning I attempted to layout what I had envisioned in the light of this fantastic commentary. Nearly all of this graphic is directly inspired by Jonathan’s fantastic exegesis, save for some of the connections between Matthew’s prologue and conclusion.