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Dyads, Triads and Other Compositional Beasts in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7)

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There is general consensus among scholars that the Sermon on the Mount (SM) has a definite and relatively well-structured composition. Several attempts have been made in recent years to describe this composition in terms of various fairly complex compositional principles, such as Luz's proposal that it has a ring-compositional structure, centering around the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). This chapter gives a critique of a recent proposal regarding the internal composition of the body of the SM. It discusses the composition of a pericope to illustrate how literary devices like dyads and triads are used to establish the meaning and coherence of pericopes in the SM. Triadic structures obviously play a significant role in the Sermon on the Mount, but Stassen's demarcation of the triads is in many instances artificial and obfuscates the natural logic of the argument.

Keywords: Lord's prayer; Matthew; pericopes; Sermon on the Mount (SM)



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