African Reading of Psalm 24:3-6: The Implications for the Enforcement of Morality among Christians in Africa.

Joseph Gyanvi-Blay ORCID iD  & Emmanuel Twumasi-Ankrah ORCID iD 

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This paper deals with the African reading of Psalm 24:3-6: The implications for the enforcement of morality among Christians in Africa. The book of Psalms is subdivided into five books comparable to the Pentateuch. Psalm 24 falls into the first book which is used as a liturgy of entrance into the Israelite temple. In Psalm 24:3-6 a worshipper asks for entry requirements to be met which are clean hands and pure hearts, not lifting up the soul to what is false, and not swearing deceitfully. The methodology used is the African perspective of readers’ response. Pastors and Christian leaders must lead the people with integrity befitting the sacredness of the hill of the Lord. Christians are the temple of God and are expected to observe ritual purity everywhere every time in order to receive blessings from God, (Onyame).

Keywords: Morality, Shrine, clean hands, pure hearts, ritual purity.

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Joseph Gyanvi-Blay is a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Theology, Christian Service University College, Kumasi-Ghana. He holds both M.A and MPhil in Religion and Human Values at the University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.

Emmanuel Twumasi-Ankrah is a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Theology, Christian Service University College, Kumasi-Ghana. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana. His area of specialization is Old Testament Theology and Ethics and Biblical Hebrew.

Gyanvi-Blay, J & Twumasi-Ankrah E., “African Reading of Psalm 24:3-6: The Implications for the Enforcement of Morality among Christians in Africa.” Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology 3, no.1(2021): 1-12.

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