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The first lines of the Sermon on the Mount have been called the Beatitudes for centuries. They paint a beautiful picture of the finished product--what someone who is living in Kindgom looks like, feels like, acts like, loves like. But rendering each of these snapshots back into its original language bring surprising results and brand new vistas and realizations of just what Jesus meant by Kingdom.

Click here for an Aramaic paraphrase of all nine Beatitudes

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poor in spirit
dave brisbin | [09.02.07]
An introduction and overview of the entire Sermon on the Mount and an Aramaic view of the first Beatitude: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Mt 5:1-3]
audio [mp3] | duration: 37:33, size: 6.6 mb

clearing the decks
dave brisbin | [09.09.07]
The second through fifth Beatitudes: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. [Mt 5:4-7]
audio [mp3] | duration: 41:33, size: 7.3 mb

kingdom living
dave brisbin | [09.16.07]
The sixth through eighth Beatitudes: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [Mt 5:8-10]
audio [mp3] | duration: 37:11, size: 6.5 mb

blinded by expectation
dave brisbin | [09.23.07]
The ninth Beatitude: Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. [Mt 5:11-12]
audio [mp3] | duration: 38:09, size: 6.7 mb

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