Korean Journal of Old Testament Studies 2021 KCI Impact Factor : 0.42

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pISSN : 1229-0521 / eISSN : 2799-9890

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Min-Suc Kee

(Korea Baptist Theological University)

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Current Issue : 2022, Vol.28, No.2

  • A Study of Personal Names in the Persian Period

    Hoo-Goo Kang | 2022, 28(2) | pp.10~42 | number of Cited : 0
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    Based on the historical documents from three different areas-Babylonia, Palestine and Egypt in the Persian period, this paper examines personal names of the Judeans mentioned in MuraŠû archive, Samaria papyri and Elephantine papyri. Even though they are geographically and chronologically unhomogeneous, they provide substantial Judean names in the period to display some characteristics in them. First, all of them, irrespective of regional differences, mentioned the Persian emperors, indicating that those regions were politically sensitive to their authority and dominated by Persia. Second, the common personal names mentioned in three different documents are only two, Haggai and Hanan(i)ya, both of which appeared in the Old Testament, mostly in the periods of deportation and the Persian with rare cases before the Babylonian destruction. Third, as the biblical descriptions in the Persian period, women names are very rarely mentioned in historical documents. None of woman name is found in some of them. The only exception is the Elephantine papyri in Egypt mentioning 14 different women’s names indicating the proportion of 14.4%(14/97). Lastly, personal names with Yahweh element are characteristic common in three regions. In Babylonia, names with Yahweh element are composed of up to 81%(46-81%), while they are almost to 40%(38.6%) in Palestine and similar in Egypt(40.8%). Despite regional separation, all of them displayed more proportions than names with Yahweh element mentioned in the Old Testament(34.9%).
  • The Book of Genesis and Its Narrative: the Themes of Familiarity and Ostraneniye

    Dohyung Kim | 2022, 28(2) | pp.43~76 | number of Cited : 0
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    It has been more than two years since the COVID 19 virus entered the world as a worldwide pandemic. In the meantime, Korea’s most popular K-Pop boy bands known as BTS (Bulletproof Boys) topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time as well as breaking a new record in the history of the music industry. In addition, the Korean culture has achieved breakthrough popularity and development in various fields such as dance, Parasite the movie, and Korean Netflix dramas, the Squid Game. This cultural syndrome-like phenomenon was never familiar in Korea until recently. However, the cultural phenomenon is no exaggeration to say that the most Korean thing has become a global phenomenon now. This means that the unfamiliar phenomenon in our society has become a familiar phenomenon. Genesis is a book familiar to readers who read the Bible. This contains numerous aspects of life, including God's creation of mankind as well as the creation of heaven and earth, sin and death, obedience and disobedience, betrayal and reconciliation, crisis and opportunity. However, the beauty of Genesis is that it can be fully conveyed from a modern perspective not only through discovering these parts, but also through the newly approaching literary device of “Ostraneniye.” The content of Genesis contains transcendence in addition to historicity and results in the question of how the reader understands that there are several complex elements such as anachronic expressions and materials. Therefore, it is discussed that Genesis was written as a story through a narrative methodology. It was constructed by a well-organized sequence. We feel that the book of Genesis overall rhythm was a meta-narrative when reading it in a form of macroscopic perspective in a Old Testament Primary Narrative(Genesis~2Kings). Genesis is a book suitable for narrative elements, which can be seen containing rich contents that are familiar to modern readers, but suitable for the upcoming Metaverse era.
  • The meaning of Děrôr in Jeremiah 34:17

    김유기 | 2022, 28(2) | pp.77~104 | number of Cited : 0
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    This study aims at a better understanding of the meaning of the Hebrew noun děrôr in Jeremiah 34:17. It will begin by reviewing how ancient and modern translations have rendered the word and examine the context in which it is used. Then it will investigate the social context and meaning of andurāru, an Akkadian cognate of the Hebrew word, from which it is borrowed. It will also analyze some linguistic and literary features of Jeremiah 34:8-22 to determine the sense of the word in context. Děrôr has generally been understood to mean ‘release’ or ‘liberty’ and translated as such. The word must have been borrowed from Akkadian andurāru, probably in the Neo-Assyrian period. D. Charpin proposes that the word be understood as ‘return to the original situation’, based on its usage in Akkadian texts as well as the Sumerogram that corresponds to it, ama-ar-gi4, ‘return to the mother’. The event portrayed in Jeremiah 34 reminds us of the Mesopotamian royal edict in that it occurred unexpectedly by the king’s initiative. According to Jeremiah 34:17, since king Zedekiah and Judahites have not obeyed Yahweh by cancelling the děrôr they pronounced, Yahweh in turn proclaims for them děrôr to the sword, pestilence, and famine. Both the comparative study and structural analysis suggest that děrôr should be understood as ‘return to the original situation’ rather than ‘release’ or ‘liberty’. The alternation of děrôr with the verb šûb in Jeremiah 34:8-22 also suggests that the ‘return’ sense of děrôr best fits in the context. By resorting to both diachronic and synchronic analyses, this study offers a new insight into understanding děrôr in Jeremiah 34:17, which not only fits in the context but also better explains the other occurrences of the word in the Old Testament.