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Concepts And Symbols

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Christian reflection on the morality of anger must address Jesus' words in Matthew 5:22: "whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment". One interpretation of this passage found in the Christian tradition relies on what is called here the "person/sin distinction": anger at persons is sinful, while anger at sin is permissible. Divine blessing, according to many biblical passages, leads to material prosperity and heightened, empowered life. More precise definitions and distinctions between the emotions of zeal, jealousy and envy on the basis of social factors allow a more accurate determination of the senses of terms of the qn' and zêlos word families. The Old Testament recognises on the one hand living beings which are a self with vitality and constantly need the care of God to remain alive.

Keywords: biblical passage; concepts; Jesus; Old Testament; symbols



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