Wilbur May

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Theology (Th.M)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 5:1; Mark .5:5; Matthew 24:16; Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 5:3; Genesis 30:13; Isaiah 56:2; 1 Kings 10:8; Psalm 32:1-2; Luke 14: 14; Luke 23:29; Acts 26:2; 1 Corinthians 7:40; Isaiah 61:1; Psalm Ps: 25:16-17; Psalm 70:5; 2 Corinthians 9:9; Luke 21:2-3; Luke 16:19-22; Luke 18:13-14; 2 Corinthians 12:9; 1 Corinthians 7:34; Isaiah 29:19; Psalm 9:12; Psalm 10:17; Isaiah 57:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Acts 18:25; Romans 8:16; John 3:6


The goal of this thesis is to obtain a deeper insight into the true meaning of the Beatitudes as spoken by Christ almost two thousand years ago. We are fully aware of the fact that words are merely symbols for thoughts. However, the words are the means by which we grasp the thoughts which the speaker wished to give us. Therefore, we feel that perhaps the ·best method to obtain this deeper insight is by examining the individual words which Christ used. The immediate purpose of this examination of the individual words is to understand the individual words with the same connotations and nuances of meaning as they were understood by his disciples on that day long ago.

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