Hyperbole and Divorce in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:31-32)

Jesus used the rhetoric of overstatement, or hyperbole, in his Sermon on the Mount, especially in Matthew 5:17-48. We need to be aware of this rhetoric when understanding Jesus’ teaching, including his intent, as it relates to murder-anger, adultery-lust, vows, loving our enemies, and divorce. This article focuses on Matthew 5:31-32 which is about divorce.

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