Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Center/Program

Center for Law and Philosophy

Abstract

Attitudes toward collective guilt in the Middle East require us to take a closer look at guilt in the Bible. It turns out the text of Genesis is conflicted. Some passages support a theory of guilt linked with the inevitability of cleansing and punishment; other passages appear to treat guilt as a psychological state that might be cured by a confession of sins. The tension is important today in trying to understand whether the collective guilt of nations should also entail collective punishment.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.2202/1565-3404.1089

Comments

The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com.

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