The "Our Father" (Lord’s Prayer) In Light of Jewish Barekah

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Jesus gave his disciples a model to follow in the Lord's Prayer. In this prayer, Jesus brings to a clear focus many expressions and elements already present in first-century Jewish synagogue worship.

The "Our Father," of which we have two versions (Luke 11:24; Matt. 6:9-13), also reflects to an important degree the liturgy of the synagogue. Contrary to the claims of apologetes who like to emphasize the radical originality of the "Our Father," a careful analysis shows that this prayer has deep...


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