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Bury my father and turn the other cheek
As I had been led to understand, in that culture it was pretty much unthinkable to practice left-handedness. Therefore it was assumed that when a superior struck an inferior--a ruler his subject, an officer his man, a husband his wife, a parent his or her child, an owner his or her slave--the inferior was backhanded across the right cheek by the superior's right hand. Since the superior would not backhand a subordinate using the left hand, if the inferior turned the left cheek to the attacker to invite being struck again, the superior would have no choice but to use the right hand in an open slap. An open slap was the way that equals struck each other.

So the explanation I've heard is that the victim is demanding treatment as an equal--a brother, for instance--by obeying the words of the Lord.


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Bury my father and turn the other cheek - by drmlanc - 10-09-2003, 10:05 PM
Turn the other cheek - by Taufgesinnter - 10-11-2003, 10:55 AM
. - by drmlanc - 10-12-2003, 05:00 AM
. - by drmlanc - 02-10-2004, 01:14 AM
Turn a blind eye - by judge - 02-10-2004, 10:32 PM

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