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Honor, Shame, and Guilt: Social-Scientific Approaches to the Book of Ezekiel
Wu, Daniel Y.

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2016 pp. xix + 219. $59.50

Series Information
Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplements, 14

Description: In this study, Wu explores how the concepts honor, shame, and guilt function in the book of Ezekiel, as well as in the wider contexts of their general use in anthropological or social-scientific approaches to biblical studies. He frames Ezekiel?s key terms for honor (kabod) shame (bosh), and guilt ('awah) within an analysis of a broad perspective on these terms in the body of the Old Testament as a way of forming the "concept spheres" within which the specific instances of each term in Ezekiel sit. Wu gleans insight from the dominant contemporary definitions of honor, shame, and guilt in the fields of psychology and anthropology and their application to biblical studies, and he reflects on how this broader context informs and is informed by his analysis of Ezekiel. The study concludes by drawing together the implications and contribution of the analysis of Ezekiel and applying them to the development of social-scientific models for the future.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ezekiel

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Review by Tobias Häner
Published 7/20/2017
Citation: Tobias Häner, review of Daniel Y. Wu, Honor, Shame, and Guilt: Social-Scientific Approaches to the Book of Ezekiel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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