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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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SNYMAN, Gerrie. David and Shimei: Innocent victim and perpetrator?. Old testam. essays [online]. 2008, vol.21, n.2, pp.435-454. ISSN 2312-3621.

Feeding on the current social anxiety in the country that is defined by racial lines, the paper suggests the possibility of a theology for the 'retributed', i.e. those who undergo justice in terms of affirmative action or land repossession. Employing Ndebele's thoughts on the folktale The lion and the rabbit and the issue of justice in Lars von Trier's Dogville as its matrices, the paper enquires into the roles of perpetrator or victim Shimei and David play to each other in Samuel-Kings in order to see whether Shimei's death constitutes retributive justice or whether there is some social benefit in turning him into a purificatory sacrifice in a Girardian sense.

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