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What are the main differences (if any) between the understanding of forgiveness in the christian and jewish traditions?

In Matthew 5:23 Jesus tells his audience that going to ask for forgiveness is (also) the responsibility of the offender. And in Matthew 18:15-17 the recommendation is (in the reverse situation) to go to the offender with witnesses. In this question

Do I have to forgive a repeat offender?

I read something similar. Are there any fundamental differences in the two traditions, in relation to resolving personal conflicts, or do both reach back to the passage in Deuteronomy (that states a matter is settled through two or three witnesses)?

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For this question to be answerable here, you will need to provide more details, or narrow your question to those concepts in Mathew specifically instead of Forgiveness in general. –  avi Jul 14 '12 at 19:41
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asking forgiveness is part of what, in hebrew is called asking for mechilla. here is an article which discusses some details of how one does it and how important it is revach.net/halacha/tshuvos/… –  Danno Jul 15 '12 at 2:06
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I think this is out of scope per meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/828/759 –  Double AA Jul 15 '12 at 2:57
    
I agree with @DoubleAA. Closed. –  Isaac Moses Jul 15 '12 at 3:16
    
It's a good question. Not sure where it should be asked, though. It's perhaps technically on topic at Christianity SE, at least if you're willing to restrict yourself to Judaism of that time-period, but you probably won't get good answers there as there aren't many Jewish experts there. –  TRiG Jul 19 '12 at 23:54
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closed as off topic by Seth J, Double AA, Isaac Moses Jul 15 '12 at 3:15

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