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Revenge & Justice

Solomon Schimmel

in Wounds Not Healed By Time

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195128413
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195128419.003.0002
Revenge & Justice

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Examines the emotion of revenge from biological, psychological, biblical, Jewish, Christian, and philosophical perspectives, and the relationship between revenge, retribution, and justice. The author explores the dual ethic, which condemns vengeance against members of one's own group but not against “the other”, and discusses the relationship between the desire for vengeance and the Christian concept of Hell. The chapter concludes with a discussion of “grudge theory” – why we maintain grudges, and the benefits and liabilities of doing so for the grudge holder.

Keywords: biblical; Christian; dual ethic; grudge; Hell; Jewish; justice; retribution; revenge; vengeance

Chapter.  13018 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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