Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea

David Konstan

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Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea

Before Forgiveness The Origins of a Moral Idea In this book David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness in the full sense of the term did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome Even startlingly it is not fully prese

  • Title: Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea
  • Author: David Konstan
  • ISBN: 9780521199407
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this book, David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness, in the full sense of the term, did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome Even startlingly, it is not fully present in the Hebrew Bible, nor again in the New Testament, or in the early Jewish and Christian commentaries on the Holy Scriptures It would still be centuries many centIn this book, David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness, in the full sense of the term, did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome Even startlingly, it is not fully present in the Hebrew Bible, nor again in the New Testament, or in the early Jewish and Christian commentaries on the Holy Scriptures It would still be centuries many centuries before the idea of interpersonal forgiveness, with its accompanying ideas of apology, remorse, and a change of heart on the part of the wrongdoer, would emerge For all its vast importance today in religion, law, politics, and psychotherapy, interpersonal forgiveness is creation of the 18th and 19th centuries, when the Christian concept of divine forgiveness was finally secularized Forgiveness was God s province, and it took a revolution in thought to bring it to earth and make it a human trait.

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    One thought on “Before Forgiveness: The Origins of a Moral Idea

    1. Jon on said:

      Very much a scholarly book--not one intended for a popular audience. I was alerted to it by a footnote in Martha Nussbaum's recent Anger and Forgiveness. I was interested in whether he is correct that the modern concept didn't exist in the classical world. He pretty much convinced me that, in the modern sense of interpersonal forgiveness (not God's forgiveness) he is right. He is talking about a situation in which a person has intentionally wronged another, regrets his action, expresses his regr [...]

    2. Jen Kanke on said:

      I feel as if Konstan and other contemporary writers on forgiveness have a different understanding of the concept since they seem to say the wrongdoer must ask for forgiveness and assert that there's been a personal transformation before forgiveness is granted. This seems limited in a way that doesn't square with what I've been taught about forgiveness. I think our usage of the word is a mixture of all the traditions he's discussing. But that would make for a very messy book I suppose. Well-writt [...]

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