By Andreij Kodjak
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In this religious system the urge for security, the clear result of the anxiety of death, was not endorsed by God; rather, He was opposed to the anxiety of death, opposed to the inclination to allow death to infiltrate human existence. Thus, Christ's audience was exposed to the most fundamental paradox - God's demand that His chosen people, being mortal, act like immortals, ignoring the perils of temporal existence. This paradoxical construct of thought was probably shared in various degrees by all the listeners of the Sermon on the Mount, and they tolerated this paradox on the personal, socio-political, and religious Ievels.
Partial sequence Blessed Third-person plural Second-person plural Human characteristic Human situation Complete sequence for ... " These two references in the present tense to the heavenly kingdom are strategically placed at the very beginning and the very end of the larger segment of the text: they frame the central six beatitudes (5: 4- 9) and separate them from the concluding, ninth one. Such structuring clearly indicates that although the future tense appears in the right part of most of the beatitudes, still in regard to the heavenly kingdom the present tense remains essential.
The analysis cannot be dominared by a preconceived ideology, no matter how attractive it may appear. A srudent of a text, and, above all, of a religious text, must make a special effort to approach the material under investigation wirhout cultural or personal prejudice, with a mind as open as possible to any message, for, as was shown, a preconceived code of perception may distort the communication under examination. After all, religious texts are primarily preoccupied with revealing a new and startling world view and, therefore, must contradict to a greater or lesser degree the established and commonly accepted ideology.
A Structural Analysis of the Sermon on the Mount by Andreij Kodjak