The Sermon on the Mount and Identity Formation

In his commentary on Matthew in the Paideia series, Charles Talbert says:

There are two questions to distinguish. First, what is a disciple of Jesus to be (virtue ethics). Second, what is a disciple of Jesus to do (dilemma based ethics). . . . . The Sermon on the Mount functions primarily as a catalyst to enable an auditor to become a person whose identity or character is appropriate to one who follows Jesus. Only secondarily does the Sermon function as a contributor to the task of decision making that is appropriate to a disciple of Jesus. (p. 98)

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