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Love your Enemy – as a Palestinian. A study on the Reception of Matthew 5:38 – 48 among Christian Palestinians

Ekman, Katja LU (2013) BIVK10 20131
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
What does it mean to follow Jesus’ commandment to love your enemy and turn the other cheek, as a Palestinian Christian? In this work, the reception of Matthew 5:38 – 48 is examined in the context of Palestinian Christians under the present-day Israeli occupation. Six individuals were interviewed in September 2012. The thesis takes its starting point in the reception history focusing on the time of Jesus and the writing of the Gospel of Matthew, where at that time ‘Turn the other cheek’ already is seen as breaking the cycle of violence. This understanding in combination with enemy love gives Palestinian Christians today the chance to live this liberating power the text presents. The way of living it is a non-violent resistance, that... (More)
What does it mean to follow Jesus’ commandment to love your enemy and turn the other cheek, as a Palestinian Christian? In this work, the reception of Matthew 5:38 – 48 is examined in the context of Palestinian Christians under the present-day Israeli occupation. Six individuals were interviewed in September 2012. The thesis takes its starting point in the reception history focusing on the time of Jesus and the writing of the Gospel of Matthew, where at that time ‘Turn the other cheek’ already is seen as breaking the cycle of violence. This understanding in combination with enemy love gives Palestinian Christians today the chance to live this liberating power the text presents. The way of living it is a non-violent resistance, that empowers the interviewees to leave the passive victim identity and to actively force the self and the enemy to see the humanity of each other. This is seen as the way to justice, equality,
and peace, and as one possible realisation of God’s will. (Less)
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Ekman, Katja LU
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BIVK10 20131
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Enemy love, turn the other cheek, Matthew 5:38 – 48, Palestine, reception, non-violence
language
English
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3629769
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2013-04-04 13:55:23
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  abstract     = {What does it mean to follow Jesus’ commandment to love your enemy and turn the other cheek, as a Palestinian Christian? In this work, the reception of Matthew 5:38 – 48 is examined in the context of Palestinian Christians under the present-day Israeli occupation. Six individuals were interviewed in September 2012. The thesis takes its starting point in the reception history focusing on the time of Jesus and the writing of the Gospel of Matthew, where at that time ‘Turn the other cheek’ already is seen as breaking the cycle of violence. This understanding in combination with enemy love gives Palestinian Christians today the chance to live this liberating power the text presents. The way of living it is a non-violent resistance, that empowers the interviewees to leave the passive victim identity and to actively force the self and the enemy to see the humanity of each other. This is seen as the way to justice, equality,
and peace, and as one possible realisation of God’s will.},
  author       = {Ekman, Katja},
  keyword      = {Enemy love,turn the other cheek,Matthew 5:38 – 48,Palestine,reception,non-violence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Love your Enemy – as a Palestinian. A study on the Reception of Matthew 5:38 – 48 among Christian Palestinians},
  year         = {2013},
}