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Jesus And The Minjung Ahn Byung-Mu (1922–1996)

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Ahn Byung-Mu portrays the situation of the three million Korean immigrants in Manchuria as depressing. In retrospect, he compares the situation to that of Galilee in Jesus' time. Ahn made a great contribution to theological training and the development of Korean theology by founding the "Korea Theological Study Institute" in 1973. The essential impulse for Ahn to turn to academic theology in the first place came from Bultmann. In his studies on the Gospel of Mark, Ahn time and again stresses the close relationship between Jesus and the ochlos. Ahn was shocked when he discovered in Germany that Bultmann's attitude towards the question of the historical Jesus leads into a dead end street. This explains his polemical criticism of the kerygmatic theology of his master-a kind of theological patricide-against all Asian conventions. As can be said for Third World theologies in general, Paul plays an insignificant role in Ahn's thinking.

Keywords: Ahn Byung-Mu; Bultmann; Gospel of Mark; Jesus; kerygmatic theology; Minjung theology; Paul; Third World theologies



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