Hannah and Je together

Friday, 2 October 2015

May God let you do the same to your children

Since the summer of last year (2014), I began a research about Old Testament for a specific words.  I had brand new idea and wanted to prove it.  When I told Ted Hiebert, the OT professor and the dean of the faculty at McCormick Theological Seminary, and Paula Hiebert, the Hebrew language professor, they told me they’ve never heard about that idea.  That means there are super big chance for my idea to be wrong.  But they said it is quite interesting idea and encouraged me to dig deeper by guiding me how to do further research on this.  They even lent me their books.

Since then, I was reading many books related to this, and have not found anything meaningful.  Then I talked to Steed Davison, the new McCormick faculty of OT.  He also said he’s never heard about this idea.  Well, the chance for my idea to be right went down even more.

Then couple months later, I had a chance to talk to Frank Yamada, the president of McCormick and also (used to be) OT professor.  He also said “never heard.”  Now I became kind of hopeless.  But even though all of them said “never heard” in one voice, they did not forget to encourage me.

When I talked about this with my academic advisor, Bob Cathey, he gave me a contact information, YS Kim, McCormick graduate and a professor at another school.  So I emailed him introducing myself and that Bob Cathey recommended him.

Kim replied to my email but it was very extremely rude, and the attitude was 180 degree opposite from other McCormick (or American) professors.  He said he has nothing to say about such unclear and imaginative non-sense.  And he discouraged me for further contact with other words.

I was quite shocked because I did not expect that rude reaction.  Bob told me initially that YS is very kind and polite.  Maybe he is, probably only to those who are higher and/or more powerful than he is.  Why is he so proud?  Because he came to America from Korea and became a professor (in other word, achieved very high social location)?  Koreans say that Korean culture is shaped by Confucianism.  But if you read the Confucianism sacred texts carefully, Korean culture is not what Confucius imagined for.

I wish he does the same thing to his children what he did me — kill the imagination and hope.

Well, if I comment one thing, I finally found a proof about what he said “such imaginative non-sense.”


  1. Hi! I love to read your blog and find your insights to be very honest. Perhaps Kim was professionally jealous of a young person with an original idea. Instead of looking for validation so much from these professors, perhaps you could use your time and energy to challenge your brilliant thesis. If in the end you are wrong at least you have tried and satisfied your curiosity. Don’t let Kim get you down and please don’t wish his attitude on some innocent little children. You are so better than that! I am curious also for your idea and perhaps one day you will publish it. I believe you will be a kind and sensitive mentor for future generations.

    Comment by joeyluvslulu — Friday, 2 October 2015 @ 7:32 | Reply

    • Thank you very much for your sweet and comforting words. And you are very right that I should not wish the same to others (I do not know if he has kids or not).

      Comment by Jemyoung Leigh — Friday, 2 October 2015 @ 7:59 | Reply

  2. You are very original and I think brilliant with your insights. Your imagination and intuition guide your curiosity. This is how breakthroughs are made in new fields. Perhaps Kim was jealous. Don’t give up on your idea. Please don’t wish his attitude on poor innocent children. You are so better than that. If you are wrong about your thesis so what? At least you are thinking originally. Don’t let him get you down.

    Comment by joeyluvslulu — Friday, 2 October 2015 @ 7:39 | Reply

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