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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919


NDOGA, Sampson S.. Reading Psalm 13 as a Strategy for the Cathartic Release of Negative Emotion. Old testam. essays [online]. 2021, vol.34, n.1, pp.254-267. ISSN 2312-3621.

Psalm 13 moves from debilitating circumstances registered therein into resolution in six short verses. This article explores the strategies that the psalmist employs in achieving such a release to engage with the reality of victims of war rape in their managing feelings of abandonment. The article utilises African hermeneutics primarily interested in meaning derived from the text and beyond the critical issues to interact with existential challenges. Due to the psychological nature of the victims of war rape atrocities and the post-traumatic disorders, cathartic release is envisioned in recognition that, for some, healing may remain unattainable. After closely analysing the psalm, the article ends with some considerations for deriving meaning as sought by the methodological premise.

Palabras clave : Psalm 13; Lament Psalms; Cathartic Release; Negative Emotion; Gendercide; African Hermeneutics.

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