Wounds Not Healed by Time

Wounds Not Healed by Time : The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness

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How should we respond to injuries done to us and to the hurts that we inflict on others? In this thoughtful book, Wounds Not Healed By Time, Solomon Schimmel guides us through the meanings of justice, forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation. In doing so, he probes to the core of the human encounter with evil, drawing on religious traditions, psychology, philosophy, and the personal experiences of both perpetrators and of victims. Christianity, Judaism and Islam call for forgiveness and repentance in our relations with others. Yet, as Schimmel points out, there are significant differences between them as to when and whom to forgive. Is forgiving always more moral than refusing to forgive? Is it ever immoral to forgive? When is repentance a pre-condition for forgiveness, and what does repentance entail? Schimmel explores these questions in diverse contexts, ranging from conflicts in a marriage and personal slights we experience every day to enormous crimes such as the Holocaust. He applies insights on forgiveness and repentance to the Middle East, post-apartheid South Africa, inter-religious relationships, and the criminal justice system.
In Wounds Not Healed By Time, Schimmel also provides practical strategies to help us forgive and repent, preparing the way for healing and reconciliation between individuals and groups. "It is my belief," Schimmel concludes, "that the best balm for the resentment, rage, guilt, and shame engendered by human evil lies in finding the proper balance between justice, repentance, and forgiveness.".
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Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 163.1 x 239.3 x 25.1mm | 557.93g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195128419
  • 9780195128413

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Solomon Schimmel approaches the complexities of his subject from a variety of perspectives, and challenges the reader's existing opinions. Theology Schimmel has written a thorough and thoughtful book on a subject that could not be more important in the years ahead. Forgiveness is the most powerful technique of conflict resolution known to mankind, and the least destructive. It allows us to remember the past without being held captive by it. In conflict zones throughout the world, we need it now. Jerusalem Post (Israel) Few books could be more timely ... What makes Schimmel's study especially welcome is that his is a Jewish voice in an area dominated by Christian and psychotherapeutic perspectives. Jerusalem Post (Israel) A tough, intellectually cogent analysis of repentance and forgiveness - issues that are generally relegated to sermonizing. This is not a sermon. It is a powerful and readable work of scholarship, imbued with the passion of a scholar who understands both evil and forgiveness and the difficult relationship between them. Alan Dershowitz, author of Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age Solomon Schimmel brings the Jewish and the Christian teachings about forgiveness and repentance together with the findings of modern psychology in a way that illuminates all three sources of insight. By refusing to sever forgiveness from justice and repentance, Schimmel provides a much-needed corrective to the soft-headed, sentimental thinking that usually pervades the discussion. Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University, and author of The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son
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About Solomon Schimmel

Solomon Schimmel is Professor of Jewish Education and Psychology at Hebrew College, in Newton, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology.
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