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The Time of COVID Crisis and the Task of Old Testament Theology

  • Korean Journal of Old Testament Studies
  • Abbr : KJOTS
  • 2021, 27(4), pp.216-256
  • DOI : 10.24333/jkots.2021.27.4.216
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Old Testament Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology
  • Received : September 22, 2021
  • Accepted : November 20, 2021

Sung Yul Kang 1

1호남신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this article is to propose the task of Old Testament Theology in the face of Corona Crisis. Since December 2019, everyone in the world have experienced unexpected difficulties (i.e. new normal) caused by the attack of corona virus which came to human beings from the wild animals. Very large numbers of people received the definite diagnosis of corona19 and died from the attack of corona virus. The same thing happened, though to a lesser extent, in Korea. In this corona crisis, scholars of Old Testament Theology in Korea have to react quickly to this rapidly changing new normal situations. Firstly, Old Testament Theology of Korea should establish the theology of epidemic. Against the radical changes and destructive results caused by the epidemic disaster, there need to be theological reflections and interpretations about the corona virus and epidemic disaster. Secondly, in that corona19, having the characters of ecological disaster, is reawakening the coexistence and cohabitation of human beings and natural ecosystem. there comes up the necessity of reestablishment of ecological theology including the climate change or climate disaster. Thirdly, the running down of economic activity caused by the attack of corona virus and the production of the socio-economic weak people necessitate the task of reconstructing a safe and healthy community based on the protection of the weak. In addition, they call for a theological reflection on the right economic ethics about property and wealth. Lastly, increase in the number of melancholiac who attempt to commit suicide due to the Corona Blue also calls for a theological research on preventing Corona Blue and overcoming suicidal impulses.

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