Samson in the revenge hall of mirrors

Take revenge and you enter a hall of mirrors, that endless corridor of reflected images that appears when mirrors face each other. Acts of hatred or violence are likely to be reflected back on the avenger in “mimetic” form—further injuries that mimic what was received. Reciprocal violence can oscillate back and forth for generations as…

Our foes are monsters!

“The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are of great size.” Num. 13:32 Look closely at the grisly scene on the great amphora vase in this photo. The center figure—Odysseus, hero of Homer’s epic poem—thrusts a pointed…

Gaza, Goliath, and an end to hatred

“The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath . . .” 1 Samuel 17:3 Like fans at a lethal sporting event, Israelites…