8. “The Sermon on the Mount: ‘A More Excellent Way'”

Jesus Teaches

“Sermon on the Mount,”┬áRobert T. Updegraff, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
This entry looks at the three texts in which the Sermon on the Mount can be found: The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. The parallel texts reveal differences that are primarily specific to the sermon recorded in the Book of Mormon.

Chart 9-3: “Sermon on the Mount Overview,” Charting the New Testament
This chart breaks the Sermon on the Mount into thirty-one topics. Recent scholarship has begun to see the Sermon as an instructional text for both new and advanced disciples about their duties as members of the kingdom of God.

Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & Sermon on the Mount, John W. Welch, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 1998
This book sheds new light on the meaning and significance of the Sermon on the Mount. We recommend starting with the chapter “Toward an Understanding of the Sermon as an Ancient Temple Text,” under the heading “Blessings Promised,” where the Sermon at the Temple in 3 Nephi corresponds with the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. See how every element of the Sermon on the Mount has a temple significance.

The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture, edited by Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment and Daniel L. Belnap, Religious Studies Center, 2010
This book (a free online resource provided by BYU) studies the text of the Sermon as it appears in 3 Nephi, but most content also applies to Matthew 5-7. See chapters about discipleship, the elusive quest for perfection, the golden rule, and each of the points in the Sermon.


“Beatitudes,” Thomas W. Mackay, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
The beatitudes are referred to as the “Lord’s promises of blessings and happiness to those who follow him.” Looking at the biblical and Book of Mormon versions of the beatitudes, there are some significant wording differences. The study of these differences clarifies and expands the message of the beatitudes.