The Unforgiving Servant

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI:
The Unforgiving Servant

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Chapter 11 is focused on the question of forgiveness – God's forgiveness and human forgiveness. It argues that according to the Gospels, God's forgiveness is limitless and that the human forgiveness must be limitless, too. It discusses Jesus’ narrative strategy of comparing God to characters who are morally mixed – like the king, who is initially generous but later cruel and heartless; and it draws on the writings of the seventh‐century scholar and mystic, St. Isaac of Niniveh, to interpret the symbolic character of biblical images, often misunderstood in the “scientific,” rationalist climate of Western thinking and Western interpretations of the Gospels.

Keywords: God's forgiveness; human forgiveness; Jesus’ narrative strategy; St. Isaac of Niniveh; Western thinking

Chapter.  5090 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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