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[Florence, Alabama]—Heritage Christian University Press is proud to announce the launch of the second volume in the Cypress Bible Study Series titled “The Sermon on the Mount: Explorations in Christian Practice” by Ed Gallagher. Dr. Gallagher is Associate Professor of Christian Scripture at Heritage Christian University in Florence, Alabama. He is the author of “Hebrew Scripture in Patristic Biblical Theory: Canon, Language, Text” and “The Book of Exodus: Explorations in Christian Theology” (Cypress Bible Study Series).

Designed as a resource for church Bible classes and personal study, “The Sermon on the Mount” carefully considers how Jesus’ most famous sermon presents the life of a disciple. Gallagher argues that the Sermon on the Mount is full of difficult sayings from Jesus that make Christians squirmy even to discuss, partly because his sayings are not quite difficult enough. If only they were too difficult to understand, then we wouldn’t have to worry about practicing them! Want to talk about money? Divorce? Fasting? Or, everybody’s favorite topic these days, judging? Jesus has you covered. Written in a casual style easy for everyone to understand but also chock-full of information about the historical context of Jesus’ sermon and the history of its reception, this masterful book provides plenty of material to guide readers in their meditations and discussions on how to live faithfully to the high calling of Jesus.

“Gallagher does a remarkable job making scholarship on the Sermon on the Mount accessible to Christians who take the study of Scripture seriously. He provides a compelling and fresh explication of the Sermon, but is not afraid to leave some questions unanswered to encourage dialogue and discernment in the local community of faith.”—Kyle Crews, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Saint Louis University

“The Sermon on the Mount: Explorations in Christian Practice” ($14.99) is available through HCU Press (www.hcu.edu/publications) and major online retailers.

For further information, please contact Brad McKinnon at bmckinnon@hcu.edu or 1-256-766-6610.