From the 2016-17 Faculty Evaluation:
"Dr. Kim is an extremely able scholar who is respected by his guild, embraced by his peers, and affirmed by his students. He understands and embraces our mission and continues to invest in its fulfillment. He is an authentic colleague and merits our continued support."

One international student from Zimbabwe, taking Intro to the New Testament, spring 2017
Seminaries are places of learning big things and one is challenged from the way he or she used to think to think critically. By the time of graduation, one becomes a totally different person. I served as a pastor for the past twenty-seven years but the one year I spent at this Seminary changed my life and ministry completely. Introduction to the New Testament Course changed my life and views of Jesus, Christianity, the four gospels and the letters of Paul. I am going back to Zimbabwe a completely changed person who now understands things from the academic and theological point of views. This paper is a presentation of what I learned from this course.

My first lecture made me think that I was at a wrong Seminary because of the way the course was introduced. The bible was critiqued and questions like “which Jesus?” Was the death of Jesus necessary? Was Jesus a Christian? Was Paul a Christian? These and other questions troubled my heart and I was afraid of losing my faith. I was comforted when I learned that the Lecturer is a believer and wanted us to think theologically. The first lecture left me at a wait and see a stage.

The following lectures were eye openers and it became clear that I was a pastor for many years but was not telling people the truth. I was blind but now I see. I learned the truth in Doctor Kim`s class and he opened my mind. I thank God for him because he brought transformation in my life. In learned that it is very important to know what each gospel writer is saying about Jesus- the lens the writer uses when presenting Jesus. I learned that the audience of the writer is very important to know because sometimes Jesus is presented in such a way that the audience relates to him in their situation.

In conclusion, I learned that Doctor Kim is a 21st Century theologian and is ranked among the best theologians according to my ranking. His books are unique and if one reads them, he or she will not remain the same. This Course has opened my eyes; the way of thinking, reasoning and my theology has changed completely. My approach to the gospels, understanding of Jesus, Paul and the way I used to judge other people and other religions has totally changed. The Course has brought salvation to me and not only to me but also to many Zimbabweans who will listen to my preaching and teaching.

One international student from Ghana, taking Intro to the New Testament course, spring 2017

These are just but a few of the many deeper understanding that I have been imparted with by this great theologian. His books; Resurrecting Jesus, tagged [The Renewal of New Testament Theology], A Theological Introduction to Paul’s Letters; Truth, Testimony, and Transformation among many publications are indeed productions that took many years of deep research work to accomplish. These are decent materials that have enhanced my knowledge in the historical Jesus and Paul’s missionary activities, and I will not hesitate to recommend these insightful publications to all lovers of the good news of Christ. Finally, having recovered this insight I strongly believe that I can now demonstrate a solid knowledge with confidence in the New Testament due to the deeper insight that I have been imparted with and very much optimistic that my ministry will never and ever be the same again.

I praise God for Dr. Yung Suk Kim, my lecturer, an astute theologian by all standard whom God used to re-direct my focus in the holistic nature of the kerygma and the transformation I have been imparted with, through his deep knowledge in the kerygma. I have been a pastor for years but find it difficult to behold the differences in the gospels. But through the lecturer, I now understand the importance of each of the gospel writers, their worldview of presenting Jesus. Furthermore, each of the writers has their audience in mind and presents Jesus to them in their prevailing situations at the time.
One student from Jesus and Gospels course, Spr 2017:

From a student; the following message came into my email:
My first class was "Intro to Biblical Studies." That particular class opened my mind and changed my approach to biblical learning.
The last class "Jesus and the Gospels" has been incredible! Your insight, knowledge, and communication were very helpful. I never imagined that there was so much information that I needed to know about Jesus. You really opened my mind to new, challenging, and helpful thoughts when approaching the Gospels.
I pray the very best for you, your family, and your future endeavors.


"Dr. Kim is an exemplary scholar who is committed to excellence in his scholarly productions and in his role as an educator" ---Dean Kinney (at 2016 review, Oct 2016)

From a graduate (Sep. 2016)

From one of my former students: "I have ordered the book and look forward to reading it. Thanks for being obedient to God and writing it. Be blessed; you are an awesome professor."

From one of my former students who commented in LinkedIn about my book, Biblical Interpretation: Theory, Process, and Criteria (Pickwick, 2013): "I have not purchased this book but I know it will prove to be an invaluable asset to my library. I was blessed to have studied under Dr. Kim several years ago and his teachings in Biblical Studies and the New Testament continue to guide my sermon preparation and understanding of the sacred text. I highly recommend anything Dr. Kim authors because the reader will be rewarded as I have been. Congratulations Dr. Kim and continue to challenge us to learn and study."

BS500 (Intro to Bib. studies) 2015 Fall

Students Testimonials (taken from various courses and times)

The class was both interesting and challenging. I especially enjoyed the discussion about the Canaanite woman and the question that Dr. Kim raised about whether Jesus was being rough on the woman. Previously that thought had crossed my mind but I dismissed it thinking Jesus would not be rough on a woman. However, the discussion placed Jesus in more of a human perspective and Dr. Kim presented the idea in a non-threatening and comical way. Also, the thought of the woman changing Jesus, challenge my idea, that God never changes, that we do. It was good for me to look at this story in a context other than how it has typically been interpreted. The discussion expanded my horizon in understanding scripture.

The window illustration was insightful. It gave me something concrete and real that I could relate to regarding the lesson on interpretation. The illustration about that appeared to be an old woman but after careful observation, we notice different things. This helped me understand that in reading and interpreting the bible, we all bring our own perceptions to the text and will read and understand from our own personal lenses. I enjoyed meeting new people and trying to learn people’s names. My classmates are real friendly and helpful.

I love the energy of Dr. Kim, I can feel the passion that he has for teaching, which makes the class more interesting. The discussion about Paul’s allegedly, writing about women was enlightening. The discussion about the possible motives of the writers, which appears to have been to keep women in place and to benefit the writer. I could sense the relief of the women in the room, who have more than likely faced prejudice in the church at some point, either revolving around preaching or a role in leadership. Unfortunately often the resistance not only comes from men but often from the women in church who are accustomed to men filling the roles of leadership in the church. Taking Paul off the hook regarding the sexist remarks about women is something we can all take back to our respective churches and attempt to teach others to be more tolerant of women in the ministry.
In the past I have tried to justify some scriptures in the bible that did not reflect the character of God. Knowing that we don’t have to try justify difficult scriptures will be helpful in my ministry. It alright to say I don’t know or maybe this does not reconcile with the God of love that we know. Dr. Kim warned us that wrong interpretation is dangerous, which we see happening with extremist both here and abroad.

I now know that when answering questions in class that I need to make a careful analysis before answering because Dr. Kim will question your answer and require you to go deeper and justify. He will make you think. Dr. Kim is very encouraging, advising us to be disciplined and stay on top of reading. I noted that group discussion is a vital part of the class which is good because I learn better when I can talk through a concept. Also, I learned that I must be better organized with the quantity of material we are expected to absorb. Also, I learned that I have to listen more carefully, I almost missed an assignment if it had not been for my group. My group is very supportive and I am thankful for that. (BS500, 2015)

The NT class was very interesting and has me wanting to know “historical education to the early Christian writings.” I also like the pleasantness of our professor, always smiling, as though he enjoys what he is doing.

I have found the material shared in this course to be extremely helpful. I am sure that as I go further in ministry, I will have ample opportunity to share that which has been discussed. The handouts, additional readings, and lecture were an excellent way to further expound upon the ideas that were shared in the text.

I am still continuing to digest the trilogy of genitives, understanding the righteousness of God and knowing who is righteous. It is those who display faithfulness of Christ. I am the body of Christ. My body is of Christ physical life and death. I enjoyed this class because it has prepared me to study and spend more time with God’s word. I am grateful for the passion that has been displayed during the class moment. I realize we are different people who come from different backgrounds and cultures. This journey has made me more knowledgeable of the story I will continue to tell like Paul. Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching and your passion for the word of God.

Dr. Kim, you have kindled in me a desire to study the New Testament on a higher and more intimate level. Though I may not be the best academic student in your class, I discovered a passion for the New Testament that I did not know existed. This passion was further fueled by your lecture on the Greek translations of various passages in the New Testament. I learned the only way to truly understand the meaning of the New Testament is to learn and study Greek and be able to read and translate it. By doing so, one would know the intent of its writers, and in conjunction with studying the life context of the scriptures, one is more able to preach God’s word with knowledge and insight. By taking New Testament with you as the professor, I now have a desire to continue my education beyond the graduate level. I will say that I am disappointed to find that I am unable to gain my Master’s Degree of Divinity with a concentration in New Testament Studies at Virginia Union University. As a result, I anxiously wait for 2013 when I am eligible to pursue a doctorate degree in New Testament. In the meantime, I will be enrolling in both Greek and Hebrew classes at another university so that I may continue learning those things you have taught me.

Dr. Kim, this class has truly stretched me, and has amplified my desire to get deeper into the word. I extend my gratitude to you for your knowledge and commitment to stretching the minds of your students. I also thank you for your passion and your calling to teaching.

Dr. Kim’s lectures were very informative and comprehensive. His class was very well organized. The use of commentaries to explain biblical text was very effective and helped me gain a better understanding of the New Testament. For instance, I now know that I should be mindful of possible factors that may have influenced biblical writings.

I won't forget the wonderful learning experience that I had in your Mathew class. You have tremendously impacted my life and enhanced, challenged, and changed some of my perspectives of Mathew by your acute discernment and knowledge that are theologically healthy and hermeneutically sound. I don't think you could have done much more to convey to me the intriguing insights that you shared in your lectures. (Fall/05)

This New Testament class allowed me to see into the lives, community and hearts of the ancient and present world through historical and comparative methods. I am able to appreciate the diversity of the cultures from the first century to present day and the struggles of the ancient and present world. I have the opportunity to “engage the text” by critically looking at the issues presented. (Spr/05-06, NT)

In conclusion, the materials I have learned and briefly elaborated on so far, I will be teaching and sharing with my community different methods of studying and looking at the text. It is important to view the various methods because it reveals new revelations of the historical/present Jesus of today. The different methods also bring to light the different similarities, differences, literary, and socio-historical aspects of the text that we may have never encountered. … Consequently, many of us been taught by persons who did not have a firm grip and understanding of the gospels and understanding the mission, conversion, and the spreading the gospel, which I played a significant role in. We must also be able to understand the community, in which our synoptic writers have came from in order to understand why text is written, the official language of the community, and the people they communicated to in their context. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

Professor Kim has taught New Testament with simple way that it has been broken down in ways that help me understand, relate and teach others. The way the introduction was taught have helped me tremendously get the jump-start needed for the understanding of the scripture of the New Testament. … Following the heading of Hermeneutics, Professor Kim noted that “we are readers of the New Testament” in which three hermeneutical choices are emphasized: textual/analytical, contextual-relational, and theological/hermeneutical choices. … These choices were very critical to me at the beginning of the class because this terminology helped me understand the New Testament as it was taught. … As I conclude, I would like to thank Professor Kim for a wonderful job he has down in teaching this class. Professor Kim, you have broken down the New Testament chapters in ways and understanding for an individual like me to understand, so that I can go out and help others understand it in the same way in my ministry. I cannot stress enough how learning about the three components of hermeneutics, the three hermeneutical choices, and the three modes of human existence have helped me from the jump-start to learn how I could comprehend the New Testament. I believe by learning these three things at the very beginning was an added plus to my learning and ministry. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

Thanks for a great term full of challenging academics and invaluable diversity! You are truly a great scholar! God bless you and thank you for everything. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

My study of the New Testament in the different methods has opened my mind to a completely new way of thinking. I can no longer just study for the sake of a daily devotional. I am attempting to apply what has been learned so that I can actually see what is behind the text. I am more concerned with the socio-historical method and looking for contextuality within the scripture. I leave this class more informed and wired for all that is to come. … I feel energized and empowered to share the information that I have received with other and the more I read and understand, the more in tune with the art of teaching I become. It is awesome to read a book and then be able to identify with certain aspects of the book because you find yourself in that current place that the book may be illustrating. I am learning how to really walk with God and search for God in the most unusual places. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

A lot of good information was taught through this class. It was not necessarily all from the textbooks or the lectures but it has been from the unique teaching experience of life that Dr. Kim provides. Even since my first day in Dr. Kim’s class, I felt it was challenging. … One of the first things I took from the class was a quote that said this, “We are readers of the New Testament.” The way it was explained to me was beneficial to me because it is relevant to my learning. It was explained like this: the term “we are” which is the reader for life context/contextual choices would be relational as in community, the term “readers” which is the engagement and would be theological or hermeneutical choices, therefore are ruled by “others,” and the term “New Testament” is the text which would then be textual and analytical leaving thus to a sense of autonomy. Within the statement we have the three hermeneutical choices and three modes of human existence. Another thing I gained from our NT class is the three ways of how to read the text. Those three ways are, behind the text, within the text, and in front of the text. This is all very helpful information for me as I move toward a more oral position in my ministry. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

I never thought about the theological/hermeneutical, contextual/relational, and textual/analytical dimensions of the scriptures. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

This class has provided a sense of direction and equilibrium for my current ministries at my church. NT501 has also provided a platform on which to stand not just on His word, but on the understanding of His word in my life context. … I began to gain a concrete perceptive of these texts in their historical settings and of their potential teachings in life contexts. I began to learn how to adopt a decisive and critical stance toward any an all interpretations. I realize that a word in the sacred text on its own can lose its true meaning. Therefore, I recognize some of the textual, theological, and contextual choices that each interpretation involves. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

I have also examined several scholarly interpretations of various books on the New Testament based on an analysis of the textual, theological and contextual choices. … Thus, I have learned a new way of analyzing and interpreting the Bible and literature. These interpretations gave me different viewpoints and different biblical interpretations. Each and every passage of the Bible can be interpreted differently based on the life context of the reader and the author. My life context is that of an African American female who practices law, … I know that every witness’s story is colored by their own personal life experience. … The methodology of hermeneutics has taught me another skill/tool which brought clarity to my own life situation and the people I counsel and advocate on behalf. For example, when I handle a trial, I acknowledge the facts and the law and then I look deeper to see what there is that I don’t see that I can use. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

One area of study I immensely enjoyed was the focus on women in the Bible. Dr. Kim showed how women as well as Judaism in the Bible were taught. … The Global Bible Commentary was another excellent reference. The stories given by the author, Daniel Patte, and other biblical scholars were very relevant to today’s Bible student. … I have learned that as a woman, I read and interpret the Bible differently from men. This study has proven how women have been subordinate to men throughout the Bible and how we have been behind the text through history.

I have learned to read the text and myself and our world critically, honoring the reciprocity between text and experience. I will approach the text expectantly, sensitively and communally and will approach situation, interests, and needs with equal care. As I teach, I will not be alienated from the past nor fear of the future. The class will look beyond the classroom walls. Nothing needs to be off limits, no subject matter too foreign, too secular, too frightening or profane to be included in the religious education curriculum. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

I enjoyed this course and it has helped me to become more open-minded about being acceptable to seeking to learn about the New Testament through a theoretical standpoint. It is great to be in a class and have my ideas listened to and not dismissed based on a single view, but actually to have a chance to speak of my feelings and come up with a consensus through group discussion. (NT501, Spr/05-06)

In the beginning of your class you pointed out that if we read and stuck with you we would be able to cross the red sea! Those were very powerful spiritual words that I shall never forget! I remember when the Lord removed Abraham from his hometown. Maybe this was the same case for you, and that is why you are here with us teaching his word. Things just don’t happen by accident.

I especially loved the lecture on John. This was my favorite and I thought this was one of your best ones. This lecture has helped me to apply and reveal to persons wherever I go of letting them know that the Johannine Gospel is all about truth. … I remember you kept on asking in class well “what is truth? “ … What you shared with the class led me to tell a testimony to four people. This is because you presented yourself so freely and open. I could tell you were free because you sure did set me free!! (NT501, Spr/05-06)

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