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An Investigation of the Possibility of Old Testament Studies in Korea

Myung Soo Suh 1

1협성대학교

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ABSTRACT

There have been various attempts to describe the trend and range of Old Testament studies in Korea. Some of them suggest the prospect of as well as the retrospect of Old Testament studies in Korea. But in most cases the attempts were only as such. The prospect and suggestion have not been adequately reflected in the researches that follow. This paper basically calls for the reflection of the situation, that is, Korean biblical scholars’ negligence of the vernacular hermeneutics. The great Korean scholar Dasan Jung, Yak Yong already criticized the imitative attitude to the Chinese tendency in the interpretation of the Confucian canon. He called it ‘婺遠忽近’(faithfulness to the foreign and negligence of the vernacular). Thus this paper suggests new directions as a prospect for the future studies of the Old Testament in Korea: Firstly, the comparison of Korean archetypal mind with the Israelite mind. Secondly, the comparison of Korean religious mind with the Israelite religious mind. Thirdly, the influence of a powerful country upon less powerful countries (resistance and reception). Lastly, biblical interpretations from the perspective of post-colonialism.

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