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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Matthew 5:1–7:29

THEME

The wisdom of God’s Kingdom

SETTING

c.27–29 CE A mountainside in Galilee.

KEY FIGURES

Jesus The Messiah and Son of God at the start of His ministry in Galilee.

Disciples Jesus’s close group of 12 followers.

Crowds People from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and “beyond the Jordan” who have begun to follow Jesus out of curiosity and amazement.

News of Jesus and His preaching and healing ministry was beginning to spread far and wide. In addition to His band of 12 close disciples, large crowds started to follow Jesus, eager to hear Him teach about the Kingdom of God and to watch Him perform miracles. ...

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