Yung Suk KimAssociate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
Virginia Union University
[Faculty profile at the School of Theology of VUU]
Shub and Metanoia (Blog)
Dr. Kim was born and grew up in Korea. He graduated from Kyungpook National University with a BS degree in Economics. In his former career, he worked as a manager at a Korean company of home electronics in Seoul, Korea, was relocated to the Republic of Panama, and later to Miami, Florida. Traveling many Latin American countries during his business career, he learned a great deal about cultural diversity and the need for human solidarity. Then, later, he graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, IL, with an M.Div degree, and also graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Ph.D. in the New Testament study. Dr. Kim started teaching at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology in 2005.
Now, with a new vocation of theological education, he asks: What does it mean to live in this world in relation to each other (i.e., the 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")? How can we do theology in our thoughts and deeds, while moving pointedly away from individualism? and How can we read biblical stories with each other when we differ?
Dr. Kim has published 8 books on biblical interpretation, historical Jesus study, gospel study, and Paul's letters. He also edited two volumes on 1-2 Corinthians and minjung theology. In addition, he has published a few important articles in Pauline study and numerous book reviews in biblical studies. The forthcoming book, co-authored with Mitzi J. Smith, is Toward Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction (2018 estimated). Currently, he is working on a major commentary on Romans.
Dr. Kim was a recipient of Lilly Theological Scholars Grant for a research on John's Gospel in pluralism context (2011). From this grant, book Truth, Testimony, and Transformation came out in 2013. He also received a presidential citation for outstanding service and unselfish commitment from Virginia Union University (2014).
Dr. Kim also actively engages in the world through his blog--Shub and Metanoia-- in which he writes short pieces on biblical studies and theological education. He has a passion for human transformation through critical theological study.
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. 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 the knowledge, the truth, and the 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 aim to communicate critical diversity and transformative identity in a variety of life contexts.