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    Teacher: Reframing the Margins

    https://youtu.be/DWvIpLKww8U?t=334 An interesting thing about these instructions Jesus gives. He is not telling the people to live in acquiescence to the societal practices of humiliating the marginalized. Rather, Jesus is inviting them into nonviolent resistance. So, Matthew’s account of this scene specifies that if someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. As you may well know, in ancient cultures (and many contemporary ones) the left hand is considered bad, dirty. So to use the left hand for anything other than to clean oneself is to invite religious, if not judiciary repercussions. Furthermore, only the privileged (wealthy, in office, etc.) were allowed to strike another person…