Curriculum Vitae

 Yung Suk Kim

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology                      
Virginia Union University                                                       
1500 N. Lombardy St.                                                                 
Richmond, VA 23220                                                  


Ph.D.                     Vanderbilt University, 2006
                               (New Testament & Early Christianity; Minor: Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic Judaism)     

M.Div.                  McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, 1999
BA. Econ.            Kyungpook National University, Korea, 1985


2013–                  Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity,
                               School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

2005–12             Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity,
                               School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

2003–04             Teaching Fellow, Vanderbilt University  


Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018 forthcoming (co-authored with Mitzi J. Smith).

Reading Jesus’ Parables with Dao De Jing: Appendix: A New Translation of the Dao De Jing (Eugene, OR: Resource Pub, 2018 forthcoming).

Preaching the New Testament Again: Faith, Freedom, and Transformation. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018 forthcoming.

Jesus’s Truth: Life in Parables. Eugene, OR: Resource Pub (Wipf and Stock), 2018.

Messiah in Weakness: A Portrait of Jesus from the Perspective of the Dispossessed. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016.

Resurrecting Jesus: The Renewal of New Testament Theology. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2015.
Truth, Testimony, and Transformation: A New Reading of the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014.

Question Mark to the Bible: A Culture-Critical Reading of the Bible and Today. Korean edition. Seoul, Korea: DongYeon Press, 2014.

Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013.

A Transformative Reading of the Bible: Explorations of Holistic Human Transformation. Cascade Books, 2013.

A Theological Introduction to Paul’s Letters: Exploring a Threefold Theology of Paul. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011 [also translated into Korean and published by Samin Books in Korea, 2015].

Christ’s Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor (Paul in Critical Contexts). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008.

Edited Volumes
1 and 2 Corinthians (Texts @ Contexts). Edited by Yung Suk Kim. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013.

Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-first Century: Selected Writings by Ahn Byung-Mu and Modern Critical Responses. Edited by Kim, Yung Suk and Jin-ho Kim. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013 [also translated into Korean and published by Samin Books in Korea, 2013].

“Between Text and Sermon: Hebrews 11:8–16," Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, 72.2 (2018) 204-206.

“Rereading the parable of the father and two sons in Luke 15:11-32: Exploring a model of reconciliation,” Journal of Bible and Human Transformation, Vol. 6, Iss. 1 (Nov. 2016).

"What It Means to Be the Next Editor of JRER: Diversity, Solidarity, and Balance," JRER Vol. 6, Issue 2 (April 2015).

“Reclaiming Christ’s Body (soma christou): Embodiment of God’s Gospel in Paul’s Letters,” Interpretation 67.1 (2013): 20-29.

““Imitators” (Mimetai) in 1 Cor. 4:16 and 11:1: A New Reading of Threefold Embodiment,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 33.2 (2011): 147-170.

"Rationale and Proposal for the Journal of Bible and Human Transformation," JBHT Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Nov. 2011).

"Teaching the Bible in a Different Culture." Teaching Theology in a Global and Transnational World, 2011.

“Korea, South, Christianity in.” In Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, edited by Daniel Patte, 696-97. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

“The Story of Hannah (1 Sam 1:1 – 2:11) from a Perspective of Han: The Three-phase Transformative Process,” The Bible and Critical Theory 4.2 (2008).

“Jesus' Death in Context,” The Living Pulpit vol. 16 no. 2 (2007).

Lex Talionis in Exod 21:22-25: Its Origin and Context,” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures vol. 6 article 3 (2006). Also in Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures III edited by Ehud Ben Zvi (Gorgias Press, 2007), 99-112.

“A Lesson from Studies of Source Criticism: Contradicting Stories and Humble Diversity in Creation Stories (Gen 1-2),” The SBL Forum vol. 5 no. 9 (2007).

“‘In Christ’ as a Hermeneutical Key for Diversity,” Journal of Biblical Studies vol. 6.1 (2006) 34-54.

Book Reviews
Review of Meredith Warren, My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Nonsacramental Reading of John 6:51-58 (Fortress, 2015), Biblical Interpretation 25.1 (2017): 132-133.

Review of E.P. Sanders, Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought (Fortress, 2015), April 2016, Blog: Human Transformation.

Review of R.S. Sugirtharajah, The Bible and Asia (Harvard University Press, 2013), Interpretation 69.4 (2015): 496-497.

Review of Dale Patrick, Redeeming Judgment (Cascade Books, 2012), Interpretation 68.3 (2014): 329.

Review of Adrian Long, Paul and Human Rights: A Dialogue with the Father of the Corinthian Community (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009), Biblical Interpretation 20 (2012): 361-362.

Review of Tat-Siong Benny Liew, What is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? (University of Hawaii Press, 2008), Interpretation 64.1 (2010): 107.

Review of Brian Blount, Revelation: A Commentary (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2009), Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, April 2010.

Review of Pamela Eisenbaum, Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle (New York: HarperOne, 2009), Review of Biblical Literature 2010.

Review of Marsha Rossiter and M. Clark, Narrative and the Practice of Adult Education" (Florida: Krieger, 2007), Teaching Theology and Religion 12.3 (2009): 294-295.

Review of Francis Watson, Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2007), Horizons in Biblical Theology 31.1 (2009): 95-96.

Review of Seyoon Kim, Christ and Caesar (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2008), Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71.3 (2009): 648-49.

Scholarly Presentations
"Reading the Parable of the Father and Two Sons in Luke 15:11-32 From a Perspective of Divided Korea: Seeking a Model of Reconciliation," SBL Annual Meeting 2014, San Diego, CA.

“A Transformative Reading of Scripture: Explorations of Holistic Human Transformation,” at the Daniel Patte Retirement Symposium, Vanderbilt University, 2013.

“Identity of Jesus and the Johannine Community: Focusing on ‘Do You love me?’ (John 21:9-17),” Mid-Atlantic Region of SBL Annual Meeting, March 2007.

“Exploring Theological Themes of Three Figurative Body Discourses in 1 Corinthians,” SBL Annual Meeting, Nov. 2007.

 “Rereading Basileia and Dikaiosyne from a Communal Perspective in a Korean and African-American Context (Mt 6:25-34),” SBL Annual Meeting, Nov. 2007.

“In Christ’ as a Hermeneutical Key for Diversity,” SBL Annual Meeting, Nov. 2004.

“Matthew's Holy City (4:5; 27:53),” Southeastern Region of SBL Annual Meeting, March 2003.


Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service and Unselfish Commitment, Virginia Union University, 2013

2011-12 Lilly Theological Scholars Grant (project title: “A Study of the “I am” Sayings in John’s Gospel in a Pluralistic Life Context of America Today”)

The Wabash Center Fellowship as a part of participant with: 2007– 08 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty

Vanderbilt University Full-Tuition Scholarship and Stipend, 2001–2005

The Arthur McKay Prize in Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary, 1999

The James W. Angell Award for Preaching with the Congregation, McCormick, 1999

The John V. Farwell Award in Scripture Reading (second prize), McCormick, 1999

The Samuel Robinson Award in Shorter Catechism, McCormick, 1999


Editor, Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion (2015–)

Steering Committee of Contextual Biblical Interpretation, SBL (2009-14)


2012 Conference for Lilly Theological Research Grants Recipients, ATS

2007-08 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Pre-Tenure Theological Faculty

Conference on Pedagogical Imaginations of Faculty Members & the Formation of Student Learning Outcomes, Atlanta, 2007 (convener: ITC)

Roundtable Seminar for Newly Appointed Faculty (ATS), Pittsburgh, 2006

ATS Conference for Faculty of Historically Black Theological School, Pittsburgh, 2005


Chair of the Library Committee, School of Theology, Virginia Union University, 2008 –

Self-study Steering Committee, School of Theology of Virginia Union University, 2007


“The Bible, Politics, and the Black Church in the Contemporary World.” Church Leadership Conference, VUU, 2018.

“Messiah in Weakness: A Conversation on the Humanity of Jesus.” First Fridays at the Seminary, Virginia Union University, April 2017.

“True prayer and spirituality.” Community Service at School of Theology at Virginia Union. Oct. 2016

“One thing that I do know.” Community Service at School of Theology at Virginia Union. Apr 2016

“The truth will make you free.” The Lewis-Hill-Brown “Spiritual Enrichment Series” and 23rd Annual Black History Month Celebration, Second Baptist Church, in Richmond, VA, March 8, 2015

“The Parables of Jesus.”  One-year Bible study series, the Lord Jesus Korean Church, Richmond, VA, 2014-15

“Baptism and the Spirit: John the Baptizer, Jesus, and the Jordan.” 57th Church Leadership Conference, Virginia Union Univ. March 2014

 “What Has Faith to Do with Us?” Total Community Formation. School of Theology at Virginia Union Univ., Sep. 2013

“Spiritual Birth in John’s Gospel and Christian Ministry Today.” 56th Church Leadership Conference. School of Theology at Virginia Union University, 2013

“Good News (euangelion) in the New Testament: Diversity and Challenge.” The Johnson A. Edosomwan Institute for Evangelism, Mission and Global Christianity at Virginia Union, 2013

“Community in the New Testament” —invited lecture for “Faith in the City” at Virginia Union University, January 2013

“A Fresh Word: The Message of the New Testament for Contemporary Times.” 55th Church Leadership Conference. March 2012, School of Theology at Virginia Union University

“Review of Paul’s theology,” Seminar for the Richmond Council of Korean Churches, May 2010

“History of Faith: Jesus, Paul, and Us Today.” Revival meeting, Evergreen Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL, 2009

“The Double Command of Love.” Total Community Formation, School of theology at Virginia Union University, September 2009

“Christianity in Korea: Its History and Challenge.” Forum on Religion and the Contemporary World, School of Theology at Virginia Union University, April 2009

“Faith and Balanced Christian life.” Community Worship Service, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA. October 2006

“Salvation Today.” Baptist Ministers' Conference of Richmond, Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2006


Shub and Metanoia

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Reading: Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Chinese (classical literature: Tao Te Ching), French, German, Spanish

Speaking: English, Spanish, Korean (native)


Biblical Greek and Exegesis I & II
Introduction to Biblical Studies
Introduction to the New Testament
The Parables of Jesus
Jesus and the Gospels
The Gospel According to Matthew
The Fourth Gospel (John)
Paul’s Letter to the Romans
Paul’s Letters and His Theology
Dao-de-jing, Bible, and Christian Theology
D. Min Colloquium (Paul’s ecclesiology)
D. Min Colloquium (Advanced topics in the New Testament)
Introduction to the Study of Religion (undergrad)
Survey of the Hebrew Bible (undergrad)


Society of Biblical Literature (1999–)


Branch Manager, LG Electronics Miami, FL, USA (1995–1996)

Marketing Manager, LG Electronics Panama, Republic of Panama (1991–1994)

Export Executive, LG Electronics, Seoul, Korea (1987–1991)

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