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Shame in the Individual Lament Psalms and African Spirituality


Mark S. Aidoo

The book explores how the rhetorical function of «bôš» («shame») and its cognates within twelve Individual Lament Psalms (ILP) reflect persuasive responses aimed at enhancing the relational spirituality of the psalmist. It argues that the Hebrew terminology of «bôš» is used as a response to enhance a spirituality of relatedness. The author argues that the plea for positive shame is to enhance positive spirituality that leads to changes of attitude, repentance, faithfulness, self-knowledge, and wholeness. Negative shame influences negative spirituality that leads to destruction and unworthiness. The volume reflects African Christian spirituality elucidating the psalmist’s perception of positive shame.

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VI. Creative Theological Consciousness in the Effectiveness of Shaming Rhetoric


“The very fact that shame is an isolating experience also means that

if one can find ways of sharing and communicating it,

this communication can bring about

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