Date of Award
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Scripture References in this Resource
Genesis 1:31; Matthew 6:25; Ephesians 2:1; 1 Corinthians 15:56; Isaiah 55:8
Is the society which gave birth to the New Testament a guilt society or a shame society? Is the function of shame in the New Testament psychological or sociological? To what degree does the sanction of shame determine the behavior and life of the followers of Christ? These are some of the initial questions which aroused interest in carrying out the present study. The function of shame in the early Christian community and its usage in the New Testament does not conform precisely to either the Eastern or the Western view of shame: nor does it merely occupy a mediating middle ground between the two. Rather, the New Testament usage of the shame concept has definite and definable characteristics of its own. The purpose of this study is to isolate and give expression thereto.
Bode, Richard Paul, "The New Testament Concept of Shame" (1969). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 417.
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