Sermon on the Mount, via Aristotle

Okay, so this is the first assignment for the Rhetoric class. Don’t judge me too harshly. Aristotle gives three forms of rhetoric: the political, the forensic and the epideictic, or ceremonial displays of another person’s character. Further, the ancient philosopher notes that the hearer is the one who determines the “speech’s end and object.” Aristotle’s teleological focus of rhetoric, which he defines as “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion,” may suggest for the Sermon on the Mount a more sophisticated view of the speech, to the end that Jesus was seeking to

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Did Mary influence the mission of Jesus

I used to wonder if Jesus had always known he was God or did he come to know he was. My belief now is that Jesus knew he was God when as a child he was first aware of his surroundings. The Bible shows that at 12 he knew the Scripture. In a Google search I found this belief. It indicates, if I’m reading it correctly, that Jesus obtained his knowledge of God from his mother Mary. And that the Magnificat prayer sung by Mary when she visited Elizabeth, in Luke 1:46-55, is the influence for the Sermon on the