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Kang-Yup Na

Associate Professor

Religion, History, Philosophy, Classics

(724) 946-7155

Campus Location:
   Patterson Hall
   Office - 318
Mailbox: 195

Kang-Yup Na

About Me

I have been with Westminster since 1998 and currently serve as an Associate Professor of Religion in the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities. I was also the first director of Westminster's All-College Honors Program (2008–2012).

I earned an AB at Princeton University, an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. I also studied at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (1991–92). My areas of specialty are the New Testament (Paul’s letters in particular) and hermeneutics. My scholarly interests also include philosophical hermeneutics, critical theory and biblical interpretation, Greco-Roman and Jewish environments of the New Testament, and the history of biblical interpretation.

At Westminster I have taught the following courses:

  • Understanding the Bible
  • Old Testament / Hebrew Bible    
  • New Testament
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • The Gospel of John    
  • Jesus
  • Paul and His Letters
  • Applied Biblical Interpretation
  • Text and Meaning (also as an honors course)
  • Understanding Christianity    
  • Reformed / Presbyterian Theology and Worship
  • Religion Capstone
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  • Inquiry 101, 102, 111 (introduction to liberal arts education)
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  • Elementary Korean
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  • Honors Inquiry
  • Honors Seminar

Born in South Korea, I moved to Tennessee just before turning ten and since then have lived, studied, taught, and served churches in various places in New Jersey, Korea, Atlanta, Germany, and New York City. As a teaching elder (ordained minister) in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I have served locally on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in the Presbytery of Shenango (2000–2009) and nationally on the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (2006–2014, writing and evaluating ordination exams for theology and Bible exegesis). I enjoy music (violin, guitar, piano), food (cooking and eating), exercising, computers and tech gadgets, traveling, fixing things, and riding my Harley.