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Family inthe Old Testament through Family Systematic Theory

Yoo,YoonJong 1 Malsuk Suk 2

1평택대학교
2나사렛대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The Bible is an absolute norm in Christians' lives. Christians consider the Bible as a primary criterion in judging and constructing their lives. Accordingly, the attempts to draw a life model from the Bible can be justified. However, the Bible was formed from 1150 BC to 100 AD in ancient Near East. There is 3000 or 2000 years' and geographical gap gap between the Bible and today. How can we find proper hermeneutics to fill chronological and geographical gap? In addition, systems in the Bible arose from different social, political, and economical background. Can the biblical system give a clear answer to questions raised by 21st century's complicated circumstances? Based upon the aforementioned justification and limitation on getting answer to family problem questioned by modern situation, I will pursue whether the Old Testament provides enough resources from which a model could be established in solving present family problem and give a fruitful answer with analyzing and understanding family in the Old Testament through family systematic theory which is the most popular family therapy theory among present family therapeutic theories. I classified seven categories borrowing from family systematic theory to analyze family in the Old Testament and then applied each category to examples in the Old Testament. Thus, I concluded that the Old Testament emphasized on interdependence among each family member through לאג system and ancient Israelite society in biblical times consisted of very systematic institution from באָ־תי󰔲 to God, thus provided enough examples for getting therapeutic answer from theological viewpoint for modern Christians. There are common features and differences on family in the Old Testament and family systematic theory. Both emphasize interdependence among each family member, but family systematic theory limits a study of object within a family. However, the Old Testament extends family from one individual to entire Israel even up to God. In addition, the Old Testament sees family from God's viewpoint. God's role is considered very important in understanding family in the Old Testament.

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