Carl B. Bridges
Professor of New Testament
Ronald E. Wheeler, Professor of English and Literature
Johnson Bible College
Jesus reference to the evil eye in the Sermon on the Mount has proved difficult for generations of commentators. Recent efforts, including social-scientific approaches, have advanced our understanding of the passage. This article includes a review of what the various approaches have done with the passage, and an attempt to advance the discussion through a literary-critical approach. The literary approach should complement the previous approaches and enhance understanding of the saying.