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Beatitude Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    beatitude n
  1. a state of supreme happiness [syn: blessedness, beatification]
  2. one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed); "her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"
Beatitude Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Beatitude \Be*at"i*tude\, n. [L. beatitudo: cf. F. b['e]atitude. See Beatify.]
  1. Felicity of the highest kind; consummate bliss.
  2. Any one of the nine declarations (called the Beatitudes), made in the Sermon on the Mount (--Matt. v. 3-12), with regard to the blessedness of those who are distinguished by certain specified virtues.
  3. (R. C. Ch.) Beatification. --Milman. Syn: Blessedness; felicity; happiness.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Beatitude'

In Christianity, the Beatitudes (Latin for "Blessings") are a set of eight blessings contained in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Four beatitudes also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, where they are contrasted with four woes.

Similar sayings are also recorded in a few of the Dead Sea Scrolls and in Jewish sources predating the Christian era.

A second way to understand Matthews addition of "in spirit" is to recognize Jesus as part of the prophetic tradition. "The poor" Jesus refers to draws attention to Isaiah's "the poor" in Isaiah 66:2 where "the poor" are those people who are humble and pious who seek God. If a reader or writer, like Luke, is already influenced by Isaiah then there is no need for "in spirit" to be added. Within Isaiah there are instance of "the poor" being described as people who do not have enough to eat, however, these instances are rare (Is 58:7).

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