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For Jesus, day-to-day life holds no intrinsic value in the face of the imminent kingdom of God; it is at best a matter of indifference o Thus personal possessions, security, and survival are regarded rather callously In his teaching (primarily through parables) Jesus summons his hearers to become immediately and actively obedient to the divine will o Jews would have turned to the Torah as the primary indication of this divine will; the gospels present Jesus as a teacher and interpreter of the Torah  Called “Rabbi” by his followers  Branded as “unlearned” by his opponents Jesus is depicted as both a more liberal an more radical interpreter of the law o Liberal  Healing on the Sabbath permitted o Radical  Historic mandates of the Torah intensified in the Sermon of the Mount; the entirety of the individual, including his or her internal disposition, is called upon to obey the will of God • Torah forbids murder, but mere anger is sufficient to incur sin • Torah forbids adultery, but mere unrequited lust is sufficient to incur sin • Torah provides exceptions to the prohibition against divorce, but Jesus eliminates these exceptions Through the development of “oral Torah,” the Pharisees sought to make Torah more applicable to everyday life; Jesus rejects this “watered-down” approach; his teachings are extremely stringent, and likely historical, as they are unparalleled in ancient Judaism and were difficult for the early church (to say nothing of the modern church) o The “love commandment” appears to form the center of his teaching  Love of God  Love of neighbor as one’s self • Related to the love of God; one cannot truly love God without being devoted to his creatures • Love of self may be best defined as meeting all necessities (hunger, thirst, etc.) without fail; thus the command to do this for others is a truly monumental undertaking o Parable of the Good Samaritan The enigmatic statement that Jesus “taught on his own authority, not like the scribes and Pharisees” indicates that unlike his purported opponents, who linked their teachings with the great figures of Israel’s past (e.g., Moses), he cited only his own authority In Jesus’ view, God is unfailing benevolent and generous; many of his teachings are directly based upon this precept; ultimately his followers are bound not by a law code or a similar rule, but by a duty to imitate God himself o Individuals should act as God acts Jesus frequently refers to God using the Aramaic term of endearment “Abba,” whose closest English equivalents are apparently “Papa” or “Daddy”; the usage evokes God’s paternal concern for the happiness and contentment of his children

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