Yung Suk Kim is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. He 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 for human solidarity.
Kim received a Ph.D. in New Testament study from Vanderbilt University and an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. Dr. Kim was a recipient of Lilly Theological Scholars Grant for research on John's Gospel in the context of pluralism (2011). He also received a presidential citation for outstanding service and unselfish commitment from Virginia Union University (2013).
He is the author of numerous books, including Jesus’s Truth: Life in Parables (Resource, 2018), Messiah in Weakness: A Portrait of Jesus from the Perspective of the Dispossessed (Cascade, 2016), Resurrecting Jesus: The Renewal of New Testament Theology (Cascade, 2015), Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria (2013), and Christ’s Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor (Fortress, 2008). He also edited two important volumes in biblical studies: 1 and 2 Corinthians (Texts & Contexts) (Fortress, 2013) and Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-first Century: Selected Writings by Ahn Byong-Mu and Modern Critical Responses (Pickwick, 2013).
His new book Toward Decentering the New Testament will be published in 2018. This is the first introductory text to the New Testament written by an African-American woman biblical scholar (Mitzi J. Smith) and an Asian-American male biblical scholar. This text privileges the voices, scholarship, and concerns of minoritized nonwhite peoples and communities. Another new book Preaching the New Testament Again: Faith, Freedom, and Transformation will be also published in 2018. He combines critical New Testament scholarship with homiletic concerns. Dr. Kim is currently working on his first theological commentary on Romans.
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