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date: 22 January 2019

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There was a multifaceted relationship between Christianity and Korean nationalism during the decades of the Japanese occupation in Korea (1910–1945). This study surveys the influence of the Christian Bible during this tumultuous period. Nationalist sentiments were heightened during the occupation, and interpretations of the Bible inspired and motivated movements for the restoration of Korea’s sovereignty. Rather than the Bible simply serving as a source of inspiration for Korean nationalist movements, the reawakened sense of Korean nationalism during the Japanese occupation inspired a unique Korean hermeneutic for critical interpretation of the Bible.

Keywords: Korea, Japan, Bible, postcolonialism, empire

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