While rabbis taught in the name of other rabbis, Yeshua uniquely taught on his own authority. “You have heard … but I say to you,” he repeated in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5–7). That passage concludes with:

 

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matthew 7:28–29, NIV)

It’s remarkable that today, about two billion people worldwide—most of whom are not Jewish—follow the teaching of this first-century rabbi. What Jesus said and did has shaped human culture as no other person has.

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