The Brave One
In the Biblical epoch, there was little other than vigilante justice. Murders were not resolved by impersonal criminal investigations by professional police, and tried by professional judges or impartial juries of the accused's peers. In the Biblical era, and in particular that of the Hebrew Bible, justice was in the hands of the local community, and of the family. If a member of your family was murdered, you were responsible to exact justice and carry out vengeance. The statement that vengeance is the LORD's was a reassurance that, even when there was no human being to carry out justice, God would not leave the guilty unpunished. But such cases were hoped to be the exception.
This puts the modern reader of the Bible, viewing The Brave One, in something of a predicament. Is the Bible's vision of how justice is to be carried out better, simply because it is in the Bible? Or is it appropriate to acknowledge that this was simply the way things were done then, and our way is legitimately different? Can we go even further, perhaps, and suggest that our society has improved upon the Bible?
How do we decide which is "better"? Do we even have a clear concept of what "justice" is and why it is important, and what it is supposed to accomplish?
Check this one out. Any thoughts?
Edit: Fixed the link so that it'll take you to the article.