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The Book of Genesis and Its Narrative: the Themes of Familiarity and Ostraneniye

  • Korean Journal of Old Testament Studies
  • Abbr : KJOTS
  • 2022, 28(2), pp.43-76
  • DOI : 10.24333/jkots.2022.28.2.43
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Old Testament Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology
  • Received : April 15, 2022
  • Accepted : May 19, 2022

Dohyung Kim 1

1서울기독대학교

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ABSTRACT

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.

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