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A Study on Hebrew Proverbs and Korean Adages

  • Korean Journal of Old Testament Studies
  • Abbr : KJOTS
  • 2021, 27(1), pp.244-279
  • DOI : 10.24333/jkots.2021.27.1.244
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Old Testament Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology
  • Received : December 28, 2020
  • Accepted : February 15, 2021

Jong-Keun Lee 1

1삼육대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study deals with a comparative research on Hebrew proverbs in the Old Testament and Korean adages. Both cultures have been beset with peculiar geopolitical settings and have struggled altogether to survive through centuries of sufferings in their histories. Hebrew proverbs are expressions of wisdom based on the fear of God. They are arranged for daily lives of ancient Israelite in Canaan, the ferocious battlefield of hegemonic power groups. Hebrew proverbs and Korean adages are of great deal of numbers than other cultures in general. Proverbs are composed of three structures. First, wisdom is expressed as three fold union, i.e., wisdom, understanding and knowledge. They worked together in the creation of the world. Second, they are in complementary and inseparable relationship and are routinized and personified, showing deification. Third, they work together in building personal lives. Three fold union is reflected in building of human lives just as the creation of the world. Korean adages are crystals and maxims for lives at the Korean peninsula. They are short phrases, condensed with folk wisdom and values, which are pleasant to ears and easy to memorize. Hebrew proverbs and Korean adages share both commonalities and differences. Divine origin and their applications of proverbs may contribute to open keen insight to cope with possibilities of lives. It seems worthwhile to systematize, establish and apply both Hebrew proverbs and Korean adages in the period of Corona crisis.

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