Published Books


*Forthcoming in 2018:
Toward Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction (co-authored with Mitzi Smith) by Cascade Books, 2018 (est.)


Below are published books only (by chronological order). For a full list of my publications including articles, go here. 

1. Christ's Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor (Fortress, 2008)


Although much has been written on the Pauline notion of the "body of Christ," this contribution by Presbyterian scholar Kim offers a thoughtful and provocative insight worth considering. Kim observes that the Pauline metaphor can be interpreted as setting boundaries or differentiations between the Christian community and those outside. However, if we consider the "body of Christ" as the crucified body of Christ it can be seen as a means of dissolving boundaries and being more inclusive, particularly of those who are pushed to the margins or who suffer. Kim draws out from this key Pauline symbol the implications for the church and society today, particularly in the Gospel call for solidarity with those who are marginalized. --Donald SeniorThe Bible Today, 47(2) p.141. (Mar-Apr 2009)

"Thanks also for calling attention to your book on the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians. I read the attachment that you sent, and it sounds like your interpretation and ours are very supportive of each other. I do think the body image is about inclusive egalitarianism in the new life in Christ, and not about sharp social boundaries." -- A message from Marcus Borg (May 21, 2009).

"I’ll add my own encouragement to it–I was at a clergy meeting last week where the question of “the nature of the church” came up, and someone said “well, we’ve all got to strive for unity because we’re the body of Christ,” and I described your book and said that metaphor meant a lot more than just unity. People had never heard the idea before. I hope it revolutionizes our thinking!" -- a Message from Neil Elliott, editor of Fortress Press (May 21, 2009).

2. A Theological Introduction to Paul's Letters: Exploring a Threefold Theology of Paul (Cascade, 2011)


"Yung Suk Kim possesses one of the most original, refreshing, and urgent voices among the rising generation of New Testament theologians. Kim has a rare ability to synthesize various critical approaches in constructing Paul’s theology: historical criticism, sociological analysis, and post-colonial interpretation interact productively. Kim’s Theological Introduction to Paul’s Letters invites readers to rethink crucial aspects of Paul’s theology – “righteousness,” “faith,” “embodiment” – as avenues of subjective participation in the politics of love."
– Laurence L. Welborn, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Fordham University


3. Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria (Pickwick, 2012)


Kim analyzes the process of biblical interpretation with provocative accent. While acknowledging the value of historical-critical and literary narrative contributions, Kim privileges the reader-response dimension. His contribution is distinctive in its depth analysis of the interplay between the interpreter and the text. ... The book is an enriching, collateral resource for graduate level courses on biblical interpretation. --Willard Swartley Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

In this compelling introduction to the dynamics of biblical interpretation, Kim builds on established methods of interpretation to promote new strategies of reading, in which the question of what the text means is bound together with questions about the identity and circumstances of readers. With sensitivity to the ethics of interpretation and the values of solidarity and diversity, this book opens a way to focus on timely interpretations of the biblical text. --Ray Pickett Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

At last, I have found the brief introduction to biblical interpretation I've been looking for! Kim clearly and succinctly lays out the issues and options; and, to encourage the reader to go deeper, he includes reaction questions at the end of each chapter. I look forward to using this book in class. . . . May this gem have a long and well-traveled life!" --Michael Willett Newheart Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Howard University School of Divinity

Biblical Interpretation provides a comprehensive, hopeful, and practical vision to the reader, scholar, and preacher for understanding biblical texts in more critical and egalitarian ways. Yung Suk Kim's vision is to bring new . . . voices to the table in an effort to understand and interpret biblical texts in fresh and creative ways--ways that will make pulpit preaching a direct beneficiary of the entire process. --James Henry Harris Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, Graduate School of Theology, Virginia Union University

I found myself highly informed and impressed by the vast array of ideas and thoughts applied to biblical interpretation. Kim should be congratulated for creating an excellent introduction for understanding theory, process, and criteria for critical contextual biblical interpretation. ---Review of Biblical Literature


4. A Transformative Reading of the Bible: Exploring Holistic Transformation (Cascade, 2013)



''This book offers a rare contribution. Many biblical scholars dabble in theology or spirituality, but Yung Suk Kim sets forth a holistic understanding of human transformation along with a series of focused studies that embody his approach in enlightening ways.''
--Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary

''Transformation has become a buzzword in Christian discourse. We are sure we are in favor of it, but we are not altogether sure what 'it' is. Yung Suk Kim not only gives clear content to the familiar term, he shows us how an imaginative reading of the Bible can be an instrument of positive transformation.''
--David Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School

''A Transformative Reading of the Bible is an insightful and intriguing interdisciplinary study about human transformation theory and how it can contribute to biblical interpretation. True transformation is circular and perpetual and impacts every aspect of one's existence. Kim's holistic approach considers the complexity of human experience. This little-but-impactful book should be read by biblical scholars, graduate students, and anyone interested in a transformative approach to reading Scripture.''
--Mitzi J. Smith, Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, Ashland Theological Seminary, Detroit Center 

"Kim has produced an insightful and thought-provoking work. He has considered from a variety of angles (theology, philosophy, psychology) concepts that have become “buzz words,” especially in churches: “transformative” leadership and education. The book will help preachers and teachers to be more self-conscious in their use of the Bible in “transformative” ways. This book, then, could helpfully be used in seminary classes in biblical introduction, religious education, or preaching."
--Michael Newheart, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 2017, Vol. 71(1) 105-106.

5. Truth, Testimony, and Transformation: A Study of "I am" Sayings of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel (Cascade, 2014)


This book would be worth reading just for the critical interrogation of numerous cherished assumptions in Johannine interpretation. . . . Kim challenges them all but, in addition, offers a constructive theological interpretation that sets Jesus squarely in his own historical Jewish context; attends to the nuanced ways the text transforms the reader; and commissions the reader to live abundantly in a globally, radically, inclusive way." --Jaime Clark-Soles, Southern Methodist University

For many who turn away from the Gospel of John because of its exclusivism, this deceptively slim volume can be, as its title hints, transformational. Plunging directly to the 'I am' sayings, Kim sketches a new way to truth and life, by reading John metaphorically and historically in a Jewish context and showing how the meaning of the 'I am' sayings changes when they are read functionally, as descriptions of Jesus' work. The result is a serious challenge to traditional views of Johannine theology. --R. Alan Culpepper, Mercer University

In his capacity to synthesize critical theory and to apply the results to the biblical text, Yung Suk Kim has few peers among contemporary New Testament scholars. Kim deploys the most challenging philosophical frameworks with facility, and communicates the results simply and clearly, keeping his focus on the real-life struggles of Christian readers in a pluralistic context. --Laurence Welborn, Fordham University

Yung Suk Kim's TRUTH, TESTIMONY AND TRANSFORMATION strikes a delicate balance between genuine piety and rigorous biblical scholarship, according to the conventions of the academic discipline. Such faithful, accessible exposition makes the Fourth Gospel sayings much more useful as an instrument for empowering devotion rather than as a 'tool of empire.' This work is lyrical in its tone and liberative in its scope. --JoAnne Marie Terrell, Chicago Theological Seminary

6. Resurrecting Jesus: The Renewal of New Testament Theology (Cascade, 2015)



"Farewell to New Testament theology as usual. Kim has struck the heart of the matter. This is a bold and fresh reading that seeks to resurrect a Jesus who points his finger to God and squarely situate him in his first-century Palestinian context. Reading Jesus against the grain, Kim provides a provocative textbook that is sure to stimulate interest and discussion. For those who had abandoned, domesticated, or otherwise misappropriated Jesus, this is a must-read.''
--Robert Wafawanaka, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Virginia Union University, author of Am I Still My Brother's Keeper?

''This is a book that both theologians and biblical scholars--who have been concerned about an unnecessary dichotomy between the two disciplines--have long awaited. Readers will deeply appreciate Kim's clear and fresh approach to New Testament theology as a process of discerning and engaging historical Jesus and New Testament texts. I highly recommend this book not only for research but also as a textbook for various courses in theological education.''
--Seung Ai Yang, Associate Professor of New Testament at Chicago Theological Seminary

''Yung Suk Kim's Resurrecting Jesus is a rare synthesis of historical criticism and spiritual passion. Kim boldly challenges the conventional divide between theology and history. Making the words and deeds of the historical Jesus the foundation for theology, Kim redefines central concepts of the New Testament in ways that are relevant to seekers for ethical consistency in a harsh world.''
--L. L. Welborn, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Fordham University

*book flyer


7. Messiah in Weakness: A Portrait of Jesus from the Perspective of the Dispossessed (Cascade, 2016)


"In Messiah in Weakness, Dr. Kim presents the intriguing and engaging contextualized proposition that Jesus of Nazareth embodied both weakness and strength. Expanding the conceptualization of weakness, Kim convincingly demonstrates how Jesus, through his ministry of teaching and healing and his suffering/crucifixion, enacted weakness, advocating for the weak. Reading through the decolonizing lens of weakness, Kim guides readers through a path paved with history of interpretation, adept literary analysis, contextual theology, and cultural and contemporary relevance." --Mitzi J. Smith, Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, Ashland Theological Seminary/Detroit Center

"A timely intervention of public biblical interpretation. Yung Suk Kim's interpretation of Jesus provides a much-needed intervention in our current cultural moment. A society determined to assert its power naturally seeks a Jesus who affirms its striving -- Kim names such theologies idolatrous and demonstrates how Jesus brought transformation out of his own weakness. Acknowledging that we are all weak, he reasons, we can live in solidarity with the rest of humanity." --Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary

*book flyer


8. Question Mark to the Bible (Korean edition)



9. Jesus's Truth: Life in Parables


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Edited Volumes

1. Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-first Century: Selected Writings by Ahn Byung-mu and Modern Critical Responses (Pickwick, 2013)




2. First and Second Corinthians (Texts at Contexts) (Fortress, 2013)


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OTHER WORKS

You Are Dust (Poetry in Korean)


Bible and Culture



A New Korean Translation of the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)


Appendix: A new English translation of the Dao De Jing


Translated works 

Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-first Century (Korean translation)


A Theological Introduction to Paul's Letters (Korean translation)



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