Sermon Paragraph Assignment
The Chapel of the Beatitudes, built
1939, tops the Mount of the Beatitudes, by tradition considered the
site of Jesus of Nazareth's Sermon on the Mount,
located at the north end of the Sea of Galilee. On reading the
Sermon, one might be tempted to compare the Sermon (directions on how
to live for Christians) with the Ten
Commandments of Moses (directions on how to live for the
Hebrews). Both instances also involved the climbing of a
there are sometimes problems using Wikipedia, the entry on the Sermon on the Mount
has a very good explanation of the Sermon and the different
interpretations of its meaning.
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Read the Sermon
on the Mount (along with the document background information and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Sermon (not from the textbook), did the Sermon describe an ethical
religion, i.e. a religion that required an individual to follow a code of moral behavior?
Your paragraph must follow this format:
- begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
- font size 10 or 12 only
- one-inch margins
- direct, quoted material to support your points
- name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
- about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked
to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit
and will result in an improved grade.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for
specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the
course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.
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