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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Aidoo, Mark S., author. Title: Shame in the individual Lament Psalms and African spirituality / Mark S. Aidoo. Other titles: African theological studies ; v. 12. Description: New York : Peter Lang GmbH, 2017. | Series: African theological studies ; Vol. 12 Identifiers: LCCN 2017017325 | ISBN 9783631724330 Subjects: LCSH: Bible. Psalms—Criticism, interpretation, etc. | Shame in the Bible. | Shame—Religious aspects—Christianity. | Shame—Social aspects—Africa. Classification: LCC BS1430.6.S5 A33 2017 | DDC 223.206—dc23 LC record available at

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ISSN 2196-0615 ISBN 978-3-631-72433-0 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72536-8 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72537-5 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72538-2 (MOBI DOI 10.3726/b11260

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