Turning the Other Cheek

Walter Mattfeld mattfeld at mail.pjsnet.com
Sat Jan 12 06:08:52 EST 2002

Available is the following article titled "Turning the Other Cheek (The
Non-Hebraic Pre-Christian Origins of)"

An important aspect of Christ's teachings to his disciples was that they
should not seek revenge on their enemies, they are to "turn the other

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a
tooth.' But I say unto you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one
strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one
would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if
any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles."(Matthew 5:38-41,

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate
your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who
persecute you, so that you may be sons of your father who is heaven."
(Matthew 5:43 RSV)

This concept of not giving "evil for evil" to one's enemies is not to be
found in the Hebrew Bible. I have posited that this is a Hellenistic Greek
notion which was assimilated by some sects of Hellenized Judaism. If
interested, please access the following url


All the best, Walter

Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld
Walldorf by Heidelberg
Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany

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