Yung Suk Kim

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Yung Suk Kim is a Korean-American biblical scholar and author. Kim is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University in Richmond. He studied in Korean and American schools. Kim holds the following degrees: a PhD degree in the area of New Testament studies from Vanderbilt University (2005), an M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary (1999), and a B.A from Kyungpook National University (1985). Kim is editor of a new online peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Bible and Human Transformation in which intersections of the Bible and human transformation are explored.[1] He is also a new editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion since Nov. 2014.[2]

Biblical Interpretation[edit]

Kim reads the Bible as a document of faith that illuminates aspects of transformation for people and the world. The way he reads the Bible is called "critical contextual interpretation" in which history, literature, and transformation are explored seamlessly. Dr. Kim has a passion for human transformation, rooted in self-knowledge and self-criticism. Traveling many Latin American countries during his business career, he learned a great deal about cultural diversity and the need of human solidarity. With a new vocation of theological education, he now asks: What does it mean to live in this world in relation to each other (i.e., meaning of the Other -- which resonates Emmanuel Levinas' "the face of the other," Paul Ricoeur's inter-subjective narrative identity, or Jacques Derrida's "relationless relation"), and How can we do theology in our thoughts and deeds, while moving pointedly away from individualism? How can we read biblical stories with each other when we differ?

Teaching Philosophy[edit]

"I foster and teach to engage in the knowledge of who we are in this world in which we see each other as diverse and different. In my teaching, diversity is not a given but a source of critical engagement with one another. I value both a critical and self-critical stance toward any claim of knowledge, truth, and reality. I emphasize the following as pedagogical goals: learning from others, challenging one another, affirming who we are, and working for common humanity through differences. In my teaching, all in all, I communicate critical diversity and transformative identity in a variety of life contexts."[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • A Theological Introduction to Paul's Letters: Exploring a Threefold Theology of Paul. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2011.
  • Christ’s Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor (Paul in Critical Contexts), MN: Fortress, 2008.
  • Lex Talionis in Exodus 21:22-25: Its Origin and Context (Journal of Hebrew Scriptures).[4]
  • Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Pub., 2013.
  • A Transformative Reading of the Bible: Explorations of Holistic Human Transformation. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013.
  • Truth, Testimony, and Transformation: A New Reading of the "I Am" Sayings of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2014.
  • Why Christians Need to Read the Tao Te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary on the Tao Te Ching from a Biblical Scholar's Perspective CreateSpace (independent publishing platform), 2014.
  • Question Mark to the Bible (DongYeon, Seoul, Korea, 2014) (Korean edition)
  • Resurrecting Jesus: The Renewal of New Testament Theology. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2015.

Edited books[edit]

  • Reading Ahn Byung-Mu's Minjung Theology in the Twenty-first Century" (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013)
  • 1 and 2 Corinthians (Texts @ Contexts series, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013)

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