A GOOD WIFE OR A PRECIOUS SLAVE? REREADING PROVERBS 31: 10 – 31 IN THE NIGERIA CONTEXT

A GOOD WIFE OR A PRECIOUS SLAVE? REREADING PROVERBS 31: 10 – 31 IN THE NIGERIA CONTEXT

Author by Dr. Ucheawaji Josiah

Journal/Publisher: Nabis

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 116 - 140

Abstract

In   many   societies   there are cultural   institutions, beliefs,   and   practices   that   undermine   women's autonomy. The Centre for Health and Gender Equity identifies certain    marriage    practices as being disadvantageous to women and girls, especially where customs, such as bride-wealth, have been corrupted. As a result   of such   insensitivity,   scholars   like Oduyoye, Amoah, Rivkin, and Steady, have blamed the patriarchal    inclination    of   African    culture. Nevertheless, this study employs Ukpong's Inculturation Hermeneutics   as   well   as Eagly   and Wood's Social-role theory.    The work infers that culture dictates and shapes behavior,   and one's environment affect one's attitudes, perceptions and emotions. It further posits that a godly keeper at home is absolutely not a lesser human, precious slave, robot, or a placid doormat under submission to all men. Finally, this paper concludes that the ideal woman of Proverbs 31 could rarely be found in Nigeria since the myopic image of sensual despondency on the part of the housewife in Nigerian context is a twisted perversion of the beautiful picture of the wise and chaste keeper at home of Proverbs 31. Subsequently, it offers some recommendations.


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