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Lord’s Prayer
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The “Our Father” is found in the NT in two different traditions, in Mt 6:9—13 (with a commentary in vv. 14—15) and in Lk 11 :2— 4. The two versions reflect not merely two traditions but two different attitudes towards the expected end. On the whole, Mt seems to have preserved the prayer in its most original form. If so, the theological problem of the Our Father is really that it is meant to be the prayer of the community (or a model for such prayer; cf. οὔτως Mt 6:9) but that it contains no orig…

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Klaus Berger, “Lord’s Prayer”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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