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Jezusowa „wizja pokoju” w ujęciu synoptyków
Jesus’ Vision of Peace according to the Synoptics

Author(s): Krzysztof Bieliński
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: Jesus’ peace; God’s kingdom; „peace maker”; law of revenge; freedom from violence; love of enemies;

Summary/Abstract: Christians, sharing responsibility for establishing peace and justice in the world, are called to be witnesses of the Gospel toward this end. This article considers the essence and originality of Jesus’ teachings on peace as evident in the synoptic gospels. First, it describes the concepts of peace current in Jesus’ day, and it demonstrates the very root and background of the newness and uniqueness of the evangelical message. Secondly, the analysis seeks to define “the peace of Jesus”, by couching it within the category of “God’s Kingdom”. Also, it analyzes the “logio of the sword” (taken from Matthew 10:34-36) and “division” (taken from Luke 12:51), thus demonstrating the danger of confusing the real message of the peace of Jesus with its surrogates. Thirdly, the article concentrates on Christ’s auto presentation, located in the Sermon on the Mount, discussing the essence of “Jesus’ eirene”, as most clearly expressed in (1) the Seventh Beatitude, referring to the “peace makers” (Mt 5, 9), and (2) in two antitheses: namely the fifth, which revokes the law of revenge (Mt 5, 38- 42), and the sixth, that radicalizes the Law, obliging the love of enemies (Mt 5, 44-45).

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 30
  • Page Range: 97-120
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish