The Sermon's Prayer
: An Examination of the Intended Purpose of the Matthean Model Prayer

  • Nathan Ridlehoover

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The Lord’s Prayer and Sermon on the Mount continue to be some of the most studied passages in the field of New Testament studies. Yet, the full import of these two passages has been missed, particularly as they are found together in Matthew’s Gospel. In Matthew’s Gospel, the Lord’s Prayer is in the centre of the Sermon on the Mount. The centrality of the Lord’s Prayer has been noted by commentators, but without clearly defining this centrality and without establishing the centrality’s intended purpose. In the following thesis, we set about the task of defining the Prayer’s centrality and showing how this centrality affects our reading of the Sermon on the Mount and subsequently, the Lord’s Prayer. To this end, we will argue that the Lord’s Prayer is structurally, lexically, and thematically central to the Sermon on the Mount and the means through which the disciple of Jesus is empowered to live out the kingdom righteousness defined by the Sermon on the Mount. In turn, the Sermon on the Mount clarifies what the answer to the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer might look like in the life of the disciple of Jesus.
Date of Award25 Sept 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bristol
SupervisorDavid Wenham (Supervisor)

Cite this