In Christianity, The BEATITUDES are a set of teachings, by Jesus, that begin : :Blessed are …………. ” and appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The term BEATITUDE comes from the Latin noun BEATITUDO —— which means HAPPINESS. In the Vulgate (Latin), the Book of Matthew titles this section BEATITUDINES and BEATITUDES was Anglicized from that term.
The Beatitudes describe 8 Blessings, in The Sermon On The Mount, in Matthew. Each is a ‘proverb-like’ proclamation, without narrative, ‘cryptic, precise and full of meaning’. Each one includes a TOPIC that forms a MAJOR BIBLICAL THEME.
Each Beatitude consists of 2 phrases : — the CONDITION and the RESULT. In almost every case the CONDITION is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation. The Beatitudes present a new set of ideals, that focus on a Spirit of Love and Humility, different, in orientation, than the usual force and exaction taken. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on Mercy, Spirituality and Compassion.
Blessed are : —–
(1) * poor in spirit : for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven;
(2) * those that mourn : for they will be comforted ;
(3) * the meek : for they will inherit the earth ;
(4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness : for they will be filled ;
(5) * the merciful : for they will be shown mercy ;
(6) * the pure in heart : for they will see God ;
(7) * the peace-makers : for they will be called the children of God ;
(8) * those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake : for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Mount of the Beatitudes (Hebrew : HAR HAOSHER), refers to a hill in Northern Israel, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.