In order to study the beatitudes, it is extremely important that we understand the basis of each statement make by Jesus. All of the beatitudes are steeped in the writings of the Old Testament. In order to fully understand the meanings of the beatitudes, we must go back to the Old Testament and determine how these attitudes being described related to those people. Once we understand how and why this type of language was used, we can then determine why Jesus used those same statements in the beatitudes to pronounce a blessing upon certain people. This will then enable us to determine the exact meaning of the blessing given by Jesus.