An alternative to resolving interpersonal conflicts to the «eye for an eye» principle ParaseyGöçer А.О., Korchuk O.S., Lakatosh Е.I.

Ukrainian Institute of Arts and Sciences, Bucha, Ukraine

The relevance of the research topic lies in the stereotypical perception of the biblical Old Testament concept of revenge, and its interpretations for modern times. The article examines the conflict as a sociocultural phenomenon. Five interpersonal methods of conflict resolution generally accepted in society have been identified, including withdrawal, concession, struggle, compromise, and cooperation. The results of the study indicate that sometimes it is possible to change the direction of the development of the conflict, simply by looking at it differently. That is why the problem of finding an alternative solution to interpersonal conflicts of the “eye for an eye” principle needs urgent consideration. The research involves finding out what the conflict is in the social plane. The biblical principle “an eye for an eye” and its connotation in the 21st century. is considered as the key to solving problems in individual interpersonal relationships. One of the goals of the study is to illustrate that the principles taught in the Holy Scriptures are still valid today. If people paid more attention to what is written in the Bible, many unnecessary misunderstandings could be avoided. Military, international misunderstandings, unresolved interpersonal issues, etc., are realities of the XXI century. One of the reasons for this is various unresolved interpersonal issues of a social and legal nature. This type of conflict usually leads to suffering, oppression, disrespect, and other negative consequences that spoil the lives of families, states, nations, and the whole world. Conflict situations in the world are not a new phenomenon, since the misunderstanding between God and the cherub Lucifer originated in heaven and was transferred to the earthly world. This conflict is vividly reflected in the pages of the Bible. It is on the pages of the Old Testament that there are controversial situations that at first glance contradict the character of the loving Yahweh. Such controversial passages include the saying recorded in the book of Leviticus 24:20 «an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth». This study is implemented on the example of how different religions, including Protestant Adventism, understand this principle in a modern interpretation. In general, the search for alternatives for the rational resolution of interpersonal conflicts allows us to reflect on the current trends in modern conflict studies.

Keywords: conflicts of the 21st century, «an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth», the Bible and conflicts, conflicts in Christianity, the book of Leviticus.

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Парасей-Гочер, А.О. Альтернатива вирішення міжособистісних конфліктів принципу «око за око» / А.О. Парасей-Гочер, О.С. Корчук, Є.І. Лакатош // Східноєвропейський журнал внутрішньої та сімейної медицини. – 2023. – № 1. – С. 39-44. doi: 10.15407/internalmed2023.01.039

Parasei-Hocher AO, Korchuk OS, Lakatosh YeI. Alternatyva vyrishennia mizhosobystisnykh konfliktiv pryntsypu «oko za oko» [An alternative to resolving interpersonal conflicts to the «eye for an eye» principle]. Shidnoevr. z. vnutr. simejnoi med. 2023;1:39-44. Ukrainian. doi: 10.15407/internalmed2023.01.039


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