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Mobile Ed: NT251 The Sermon on the Mount (5 hour course)

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Dr. Jonathan Pennington zeroes in on one of the most important texts studied throughout church history: the Sermon on the Mount. He gives a detailed exposition of the biblical text, covers historical interpretations, and provides direction for reading the sermon according to its structure.

For more dynamic teaching on the gospels by a team of expert scholars, see the Mobile Ed: Studies in the Gospels Bundle (9 courses).

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Provide a description of the Sermon on the Mount in light of its context in the gospel of Matthew
  • Explain how Jesus’ timeless teaching informs and answers modern ethical dilemmas
  • Use the hermeneutical tools needed to properly interpret the text

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Matthew and the History of Interpretation

  • Matthew: Highly Structured, Literary, and Intentional Work
  • Discovering the Genre of Matthew 5–7
  • Matthew: Narrative-Discourse Outline
  • Matthew: The Sermon and Other Major Discourses
  • History of Interpretation: Importance of the Sermon on the Mount
  • History of Interpretation: Evading the Sermon’s Ethical Implications
  • Interpretation: Monastic
  • Interpretation: Anabaptist
  • Finding Information on Anabaptists in Dictionaries
  • Interpretation: Two Kingdoms
  • Interpretation: Dispensational
  • Interpretation: Lutheran
  • Interpretation: Modern Liberal
  • Interpretation: Fulfillment-Complexity
  • Taxonomy of Interpretations: Conclusions

Unit 2: Sermon on the Mount: A Virtue-Ethics Reading

  • Why Is This Important?
  • Virtue Ethics in the Context of Ethical Theories
  • Unpacking Virtue Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics and the Sermon on the Mount: Comparisons
  • Virtue Ethics and the Sermon on the Mount: Contrasts
  • Virtue Ethics: Modeling Christian Discipleship

Unit 3: Sermon on the Mount: Exposition

  • Understanding the Structure of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Using the Pericope Tool to Examine the Literary Structure of Matthew
  • Guidelines for Reading the Sermon on the Mount
  • Adding Notes to Your Bibles
  • Literary Context of the Sermon
  • Introducing the Beatitudes (Matt 5:1–12)
  • Using Interlinear Bibles and the Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Beatitudes (Matt 5:1–6)
  • Comparing English Translations with the Text Comparison Tool
  • Beatitudes (Matt 5:7–12)
  • Salt and Light (Matt 5:13–16)
  • Fulfilling Old Testament Righteousness (Matt 5:17–20)
  • Using Parallel Resources
  • Unpacking Matthew 5:20, Part 1 (Matt 5:21–48)
  • Using the Bible Word Study Tool to Study the Greek Word for “Love”
  • Being Righteous by Being Teleios(Matt 5:48)
  • Unpacking Matthew 5:20, Part 2 (Matt 6:1–21)
  • The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:7–15)
  • Double-Mindedness and Anxiety (Matt 6:19–34)
  • Judging Others (Matt 7:1–12)
  • Inside-Outside Issues (Matt 7:13–23)
  • Conclusion: Build on Solid Rock (Matt 7:24–27)

Summary and Conclusion

  • A “Cardiographic” Reading

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About the Instructor

Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington is the associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also served as a visiting professor at Southeastern Seminary, as well as the Institute of Biblical Studies in Orlando, Florida and Melbourne, Australia.

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  1. Allen D. Holden
    Found the class to be interesting.
  2. Angela Meister

    Angela Meister


    I am really grateful to have picked this one up. We are now studying the Sermon on the Mount in small group bible study and this has really opened up the text for me far beyond what was being shared. I understand where the denominational bent in that group is coming from and I had started to unravel what the instructor was getting at prior. I love how he contextualized everything within the book of Matthew (I learned even more about Matthew even though I had just finished a class on it) and went over various interpretations in history. Illuminating and one I know I will come back to again even though I am not quite through with it. The interpretation/explanation of teleios was so spot on. Wonderful.
  3. Daryle Froese

    Daryle Froese


    The best material I've heard/read/taken on the Sermon on the Mount. A course well worth taking!!
  4. Ketannah



    I haven't explored the whole course yet, but I don't need to to know I want to give this five stars. Firstly, he starts with the context - so important for this topic. I thought it'd be a bit too obvious but it was really helpful being stepped through the 'Literary Typing' function in the Passage Guide and it totally changed how I saw the Beatitudes as he highlighted their apocalyptic nature. It seems obvious but it was a profound realisation for me nonetheless. It's also a skill that will be helpful for further studies. I teach an ethics unit as part of my Year 11 Religion and Society class. It was hard to make the links between Christian ethics and philosophical approaches. I was worried this course would be a rehashing of what I'd already self-taught myself on the topic but it was so incredibly helpful to have a succinct, academic Christian approach to virtue ethics. His thoughtful analysis and comparison of two was even more insightful. I also like that he didn't neglect the threads throughout the whole Bible. It could be easy to dismiss elements of virtue ethics found in the Old Testament since this course is focused on the Sermon on the Mount but briefly recognising Biblical evidence for how God has always been concerned with the heart and motives of His people, reassured readers/listeners and reminded them that Jesus isn't preaching Aristotelian ethics, but rather God's Word :). What had previously felt like more secular coursework, now felt like an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal truth and working upon my heart. I hope my students sensed that too <3 Thank you Dr Pennington! :)
  5. Greg Balzer

    Greg Balzer


    Greatly helped me understand the overall structure of the Sermon on the Mount. Dr Pennington sometimes covers the material a bit too quickly - but with Logos Mobile Ed I usually review to the audio version of the content before I go to bed. Great way to make sure that I don't miss any of the nuggets of gold that Dr Pennington uncovers. Well produced, accessible but still deep. Would like to see an updated version that captures his new content in his book.
  6. Elizabeth Parker
  7. Rodney Skyles

    Rodney Skyles


    I actually took Dr. Pennington's class on the Sermon on the Mount at SBTS and treasure it as one of my favorite courses. From our readings and lectures, I learned many new things I had never noticed in Jesus' Sermon. I would highly recommend this course.


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