The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that an interpretation through minjung theology of a certain biblical text (Exodus 3:7-10) and a social biography of its particular human subject (the oppressed Hebrew people) on the one hand, and that of a certain historical text (writings on the March First Movement) and a social biography of its particular human subject (the oppressed Korean-Protestant people) on the other may suggest that liberation of the oppressed is the value this biblical text promotes. .
I would like to attain this purpose by taking a series of steps: first, I will describe the March First Movement and the involvement of the Korean-Protestant people in it. Secondly, I will introduce minjung theology and identify its key concepts. Thirdly, I will describe historical developments of Egypt I deem relevant to bringing about God's revealing God's liberative project to Moses. In light of these historical developments, I will also examine the social biography of the Hebrew people. Subsequently, I will interpret Exodus 3:7-10 through minjung theology. Fourthly, I will explain important historical developments in Josun (a past designation of Korea) that led to the inception of the March First Movement. In light of these historical developments, I will examine the social biography of the Korean-Protestant people. Subsequently, I will interpret the March First Movement through minjung theology. Lastly, I will compare these interpretations and argue that liberation of the oppressed is a value Exodus 3:7-10 promotes. .
The March First Movement.
On March 1st 1919, approximately 500,000 people from the countryside were in Seoul to attend the funeral of Kojong, the last king of the Josun Dynasty (Kentaro, 2011, p. 108). At least, this was what the Japanese officials believed when they observed the unprecedented mass influx into the capital. Being temporarily free from their restrictions, thousands of people comprising men and women of all ages gathered in Pagoda Park for a single purpose "to express their earnest desire for independence.