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6:1 Rather than the usual and customary “This is the word that came to Micah” we have a call to “Hear”. How much is this opening verse influenced by, an allusion to, and/or a midrash on Deuteronomy 6:4 and similar passages? Does it make any difference that early Judaism tends to be an aural faith? Why plead before the mountains and hills?
15:1 Are these also rhetorical questions? What are the expected answers?
1:18 What is the message about the cross? What is the meaning of “foolishness”
5:1 Why is “crowds” plural? What mountain did Jesus go up? This is such a familiar passage, how can we hear it again but as if for the first time? What do we call the large section of teaching which this begins? How many sections of teaching material are there in Matthew?