Exegesis of Matthew Essay
The Eight Beatitudes
In Matthew’s Gospel, starting with Chapter five verses three through twelve, Jesus tells us of the Eight Beatitudes. These verses are much like The Ten Commandments in nature, but more philosophical:
· “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
· “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
· “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.”
· “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” …show more content…
The text itself written by Matthew, one of Jesus’ disciples, does coincide with the beatitudes written by another of Jesus’ disciples; Luke. Only Luke writes the beatitudes a little differently than Matthew. One example of the differences is in the first beatitude where Matthew writes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” where as Luke recorded Jesus as saying only, “Blessed are the poor…” By annexing “in spirit” Luke suggests that only the monetarily poor belong in God’s kingdom, where Matthew seems to state that material status or social poverty alone are not the standards for faith.