The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6.20-26) differ in some important ways from the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 5.2-11). Why does Luke have Jesus speaking in economic rather than spiritual terms (e.g., “Blessed are the poor” instead of “Blessed are the poor in spirit”)? Why does Luke’s account include a parallel set of woes?

Presented 11 February 2018