Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
Virginia Union University
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Yung Suk Kim (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is associate professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia. He has a passion for human transformation through critical engagement with the world. Traveling many Latin American countries during his business career, he learned a great deal about cultural diversity and the need for human solidarity. 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?
Thus far Dr. Kim has authored eight books and edited two volumes. His works include: Messiah in Weakness (2016); Resurrecting Jesus (2015); Truth, Testimony, and Transformation (2014); Question Mark to the Bible (2014, Korean); Biblical Interpretation (2013); A Transformative Reading of the Bible (2013); 1 and 2 Corinthians (edited, 2013); Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-First Century (edited, 2013); A Theological Introduction to Paul’s Letters (2011); Christ’s Body in Corinth (2008).
A forthcoming book is a co-authored work with womanist scholar, Mitzi Smith: Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction (2018 projected). There are several other book projects in progress.
Presently, Dr. Kim invests in two book projects: a commentary project on Romans and a comparative literature study on the Dao De Jing and the New Testament.
He was a recipient of Lilly Theological Scholars Grant for a research on John's Gospel in pluralism context (2011). He also received a presidential citation for outstanding service and unselfish commitment from Virginia Union University (2013).
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.