University (Atlanta, GA)
Ph.D. in New Testament, 2001
Dissertation: “The Meaning of Christ in Paul: A Reading of Galatians 1.11–2.21 in the Light of Wilhelm Dilthey’s Lebensphilosophie” (Dr. Hendrikus Boers, adviser)
Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany)
coursework, 1991–92: Paul, Religionsgeschichtliche Schule, Qumran, Theology, Philosophy, Syriac
Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ)
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
A.B. in Religion, 1986
Senior Thesis: “Pauline Influence on the Gnostic Soteriology in the Gospel of Truth, the Treatise on Resurrection, and the Hypostasis of the Archons: Textual Evidence for the Gnostic Paul and Its Significance in the Context of Second-Century Christianity” (Dr. John Gager, adviser)
Junior Paper: “A Topical Exegesis of the Hypostasis of the Archons: The Theme of Alienation” (Dr. Elaine Pagels, adviser)
College (New Wilmington, PA); since 1998
Associate Professor, Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics; since 2006
Honors Program director, All-College Honors Program; 2008–12
Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics; 2000–06
Instructor, Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics; 1998–2000
Courses taught (syllabi at www.westminster.edu/staff/nak):
Understanding the Bible
Old Testament / Hebrew Bible
The Synoptic Gospels
The Gospel of John
Paul and His Letters
Applied Biblical Interpretation
Text and Meaning
Reformed / Presbyterian Theology and Worship
Inquiry 101, 102, 111 (introduction to liberal arts education)
New York Theological Seminary (New York, NY); 1996–98
Teaching Assistant for Old Testament, New Testament, Social History and Biblical Interpretation
Emory University (Atlanta, GA); 1994–95
Teaching Assistant M.Div. course in Preaching
Adjunct Faculty M.Div./M.A. intermediate course in New Testament Greek and exegesis
Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany); 1991–92
Editorial Assistant to Dr. Gerd Lüdemann
Translator and editor for parts of a book on the Minor Agreements (edited by Dr. Georg Strecker)
Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA); summer 1990
Assistant Instructor Greek Summer School (with Dr. H. Wayne Merritt)
The Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ); 1988–89
Assistant to Dr. Donald F. McCabe in editing and entering inscriptions from Asia Minor for the Ibycus computer system (epigraphy project supported by the Packard Humanities Institute)
Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ); 1987–89
Teaching Assistant introductory NT Greek; some lecturing
New Testament, Paul’s letters, philosophical hermeneutics, critical theory and biblical interpretation, Greco-Roman and Jewish environments of NT, history of biblical interpretation
philosophy, theology (esp. Reformed theology), Old Testament, history of early Christianity, comparative religion (esp. Buddhism and Taoism)
Korean (fluent), German (fluent), French, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Syriac (rusty)
“A Meditation on Ḥesed, Jung, and Love.” The Living Pulpit, August 2013.
“Hospitality from Genesis to Revelation.” The Living Pulpit, May 2013.
Feasting on the Word, Year C, Volume 2, 2009: exegetical commentaries for Monday (Heb 9.11–15), Tuesday (1Cor 1.18–31), and Wednesday (Heb 12.1–3) of Holy Week in.
Introduction to “Luke 10.21–37: The Good Samaritan.” In Inquiry. Littleton: Tapestry Press, 2008.
“Weakness of Will, Goodness of Grace.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, September 2008.
“Doubt as an Act of Faith.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, September 2008.
“Feeling Forsaken, But Never Forgotten.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, September 2008.
“Hopeless, Helpless Compassion.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, July 2008.
“True Freedom.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, July 2008.
“Much More Than a Feeling.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, July 2008.
“The Great Challenge of Faith.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, July 2008.
“The Greatest Gift of God.” These Days, The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, July 2008.
“Mary, the New Eve.” Presbyterians Today, July/August 2007.
“How Jesus Prayed.” Presbyterians Today, June 2007.
“Loving the Lost.” Presbyterians Today, May 2007.
“But Some Doubted.” Presbyterians Today, Apr 2007.
“Surely, Not I.” Presbyterians Today, Mar 2007.
“Freedom Isn’t Free.” Presbyterians Today, Jan/Feb 2007.
“Come, Lord Jesus!” Presbyterians Today, Dec 2006.
“No Words Necessary.” Presbyterians Today, Nov 2006.
“The Education of Moses.” Presbyterians Today, Oct 2006.
“About Eve …” Presbyterians Today, Sep 2006.
“Biblical Theology and Holistic Theology” (in English and Korean). Published lectures of Choon-Ge Theological Symposium (춘계[春溪] 신학강좌), Seoul, Korea, 2006.
“The Conversion of Izates and Galatians 2.11–14: The Significance of a Jewish Dispute for the Christian Church.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 27 (2005): 56–78.
Introduction to “Genesis 2.4b–3.24: Tree of Knowledge.” In Inquiry. Littleton: Tapestry Press, 2005.
Introduction to “Words,” by Dana Gioia. In Inquiry. Littleton: Tapestry Press, 2005.
“The Meaning of Christ and Pauline Theology” (in English and Korean). Journal of the New Testament Society of Korea 9 (2002): 925–36.
Introduction to “Science and Religion,” by Albert Einstein. In Inquiry. Littleton: Tapestry Press, 2000–05.
Introduction to “Allegory of the Cave,” by Plato. In Inquiry. Littleton: Tapestry Press, 2000–05.
Introduction to “Liberal Education, Moral Education,” by Harold Shapiro. In Inquiry. Littleton: Tapestry Press, 1999–2005.
“Words and the Word at Babel and Pentecost: Objective Spirit and the Holy Spirit in Human Experience.” In The Word of God and the Korean Bible. Seoul: Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary Press, 1997.
James. A Guided Tour of Israel’s Sacred Library: Introduction
to Hebrew Bible (Prentice Hall); referee of the full
manuscript for the publisher; 2005.
Breslauer, Daniel. Religions of the Bible (Storm King Publishing); referee of the full manuscript for the publisher; 2005.
You Decide! Contemporary Moral Issues; pre-release book review for the publisher; 2005.
Patte, Daniel, et al. The Gospel of Matthew: A Contextual Introduction for Group Study (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003); review with endorsement for promotional purposes; 2002.
Soccio, Douglas. How to Get the Most Out of Philosophy; review published on the Web by Monument Information Resource: Faculty Online (http://facultyonline.com); 1999.
Meaning of Christ in Paul (final editing)
“Hermeneutics and Postmodernity: a Methodological Sachkritik” (editing)
“The Meaning of Christ and Ethnicity: Paul’s Gospel in Galatia (Asia) and America” (editing)
“Breaking Commitments Old and New: Jews, Galatians, Koreans and the unity in Christ” (editing)
“A Critique of Gadamer’s Critique of Dilthey” (editing)
“An Interpretation of ὑπόδειγμα and σκία in the Light of the Paraenetic Function of Hebrews” (editing)
“Biblical Theology and the Renewal of Reformation” (editing)
“Monotheistic Constraints in Paul’s Christological Thought” (editing)
In a Mirror Dimly: the Historicality and Metaphoricality of Paul (book proposal)
book on postmodernism and biblical interpretation (most recent research including issues of interpretation, diversity, ethnicity)
Diversity and the University: A Brief, Optical Odyssey,” keynote
address for a lecture series on multiculturalism (Clarion
University of Pennsylvania); 8 Apr 2008
“What Makes Worship Reformed?” Continuing Education lecture, Westminster College; 14 Apr 2008
“Yes (or Why It Matters that Calvin Doesn’t Matter),” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (New Orleans); Nov 2009
“The Autobiographical Meaning of Gal 1.11–2.21,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Vienna, Austria); July 2007
“Hermeneutics and Postmodernity: a Methodological Sachkritik,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Edinburgh, Scotland); July 2006
“In a Mirror, Dimly: The Historicality and Metaphoricality of Paul,” Henderson Lecture, Westminster College; Oct 2005
“The Conversion of Izates as a Propaedeutic for Understanding Gal 2.11–14,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Singapore); June 2005
“Biblical Theology and Holistic Theology” (in Korean), Choon-Ge Theological Symposium (춘계[春溪] 신학강좌), Presbyterian Seminary and Theological College (Seoul, Korea); 1 of 2 invited Bible scholars; Apr 2005
“Biblical Theology and Dogmatic Theology: The Tortuous and Torturous Tale of Scriptura and Traditio,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting (San Antonio, TX); 1 of 4 invited panel members; Nov 2004
“What has Galatia (Asia) to do with New Wilmington?: Contextual Hermeneutics and Ethnic Ethics,” Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA); Mar 2004
“The Meaning of Christ and Ethnicity: Paul’s Gospel in Galatia (Asia) and America,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting (Toronto, Canada; Nov 2002
“Breaking Commitments Old and New,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting (Toronto, Canada); Nov 2002
“The Meaning of Christ and Pauline Theology” (in Korean), Korean New Testament Society meeting (Seoul, Korea); June 2002
“The Meaning of Christ in Paul and the Meaning of Paul for Us” (in Korean; Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary, Seoul, Korea); June 2002
“An Interpretation of ὑπόδειγμα and σκία in the Light of the Paraenetic Function of Hebrews,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting (Washington DC); Nov 1993
“Monotheistic Constraints in Paul’s Christological Thought,” Doktorandenkolloquium of Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany); invitation by the Theology faculty; spring 1992
Borders: Ethno-Religious Identity Politics in the Middle East,”
Faires Faculty Forum, Westminster College; 16 Feb
Institute of Korean American Immigrant Theology: annual conference (Atlanta, GA); 18–19 Nov 2010
“The Bible, the Korean Church, and Immigration,” presider for panel
“The Bible, the Korean Church, and Immigration,” respondent for two papers on a panel
Asian Culture Night: presentation on Korea (International Culture Club, Westminster College); Nov 2008, 2009
“Asian American Experience and Counseling” (Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA); 2001, 2002
“Learning from Dead People” (Last Lecture Series, Westminster College); 2000
Faculty Workshop: planned and led workshop on Web page production (Westminster College); 1999
“Nature, Nurture, Culture, and Natural Disasters” (Westminster College); 1999
Place of the Bible in Reformed Theology,” one of four invited
panel members, Reformed Theology and History Group of AAR (San
Antonio, TX); Nov 2004
Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College (Westminster College); 2000–03
Consultation on Christology (Office of Theology and Worship, PCUSA, Louisville, KY) [invitation by the national office of the Presbyterian Church (USA)]; Dec 2002
“Westminster’s Faith Journey: 150 Years of God at Westminster”: 1 of 5 panel members (Westminster College); Oct 2002
Consultation on Bible in the General Education Curriculum (Gannon University, Erie, PA) [invitation by the consultation director]; 1999–2000
Consultation on the Vocation of the Presbyterian Teacher (Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, Louisville, KY) [invitation by the national office of the Presbyterian Church (USA)]; Aug 2000
with People” (interviewed for feature article in The Vindicator,
Youngstown, OH); Dec 2002
“What We Believe” (interviewed for feature article in New Castle News, New Castle, PA); Mar 2001
the Gospel,” lecture for Perspectives (academic course),
Westminster College; First Presbyterian Church (Clarion,
PA); 27 Jan 2013
“Union in Christ and Disunity of Christianity” and “Faith and Sciences,” LeaderFest, The Presbytery of Shenango; 12 Jan 2013
“Bodies and Minds in Romans 12” and “Biblical-Theological Parenting?” LeaderFest, The Presbytery of
Shenango; 14 Jan 2012
“Unleashing the Gospel,” invited lecture for Perspectives
(academic course), Galloway United Methodist Church (Franklin,
PA); Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Westminster
College; Aug 2010; Oct 2011
“Biblical Theology and the Baptism of Infants,” 3 invited
lectures, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sharon,
PA; Sep 2011
“Biblical Interpretation and Reformed Theology,” invited lecture,
The Presbytery of Shenango (Northminster Presbyterian Church, New
Castle, PA); 14 Sep 2011
New Wilmington Mission Conference PC(USA):
“What the Bible Is and Is Not,” invited lecture, Princeton
Theological Seminary (Korean and English); 26 Mar
“Believers Behaving Badly: The Corinthian Mirror,” LeaderFest, The
Presbytery of Shenango; 15 Jan 2011
“Nativity Narratives With Na,” Advent series, Shenango
Presbyterian Church (New Castle, PA); Nov–Dec
“Incarnation and Inspiration” and “What Inspiration Is Not,”
Northeast PA Wee Kirk Conference (Laurelville, PA)
11–13 Oct 2010
Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCUSA)
Ordination exam writer; resource paper writer for exam graders; convener for grading exams; Theology Task Group (2006–10); Bible Task Group (2010–14) since 2006
Presbytery of Shenango: Greek exegesis and biblical theology group (biweekly study group) since 2010
Commissioned Lay Pastor program (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
course on Reformed Theology for the Beaver-Butler, Erie, and Shenango presbyteries spring, fall 2005
spring 2004; 2001–02
Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY)
Presbyterian chaplain (preaching, Bible study) 8–14 July 2000
Trinity Presbyterian Church (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Guest speaker/teacher for adult church school Sep 1995–July 1998
Korean Community Presbyterian Church (Tucker, GA)
Minister for the English-speaking congregation; director of youth group, college group, and young adults group Feb 1993–May 1994
Sep 1989–Aug 1991
201st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Assistant to the Distribution Manager; Volunteer Staff June 1989
Lehigh Valley Hospital Center (Allentown, PA)
Clinical Pastoral Education; hospital chaplain with on-call duties [granted after application] summer 1988
200th General Assembly of the PC(USA)
Moderator’s Assistant; Student Assistant June 1988
Hope Presbyterian Church (Teaneck, NJ)
Youth minister under supervision of the pastor of education; worship leader and preacher (in Korean and English) for the youth group worship services Sep 1987–June 1988
The Korean Presbyterian Church of New York (Flushing, NY)
Youth minister under supervision of the senior pastor; worship leader and preacher (in Korean and English) for the youth group worship services June 1986–May 1987
Academy of Religion: member
Reformed Theology and History Group (AAR): steering committee member (since 2003); cochair of steering committee (since 2008); session presider (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009) since 2003
Society of Biblical Literature: member
Korean Biblical Colloquium: (founding) member; steering committee member (since 2006); secretary-treasurer (since 2009) since 1988
Alumni Association Executive Council, Princeton Theological Seminary: elected member since 2009
Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCUSA): member appointed by the General Assembly of PC(USA)
Theology Task Group (2006–10); Bible Exegesis Task Group (2010–14) since 2006
Eta Sigma Phi (Classics Honor Society): honorary member since 2006
The Presbytery of Shenango (PCUSA): minister member at large
Committee on Preparation for Ministry: member (2000–09) since 1998
Racial Ethnic Ministries Coordinating Team (Synod of the Trinity, PCUSA): member 2004–08
Lilly Fellows Program: National Network Board member 2005–09
American Association of University Professors: member 2005–08
World Mission Initiative (Pittsburgh, PA): board member 1998–2010
Collegiate Honors Council Consultant Grant July
CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar (Jordan and Israel) 6–15 June 2011
Commencement speaker, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA) 22 May 2008
Honorary Member of Eta Sigma Phi (Classics Honor Society) Apr 2006
Henderson Lecture: “In a Mirror, Dimly: The Historicality and Metaphoricality of Paul” (Westminster College) Oct 2005
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2004, 2005
One of two American biblical scholars invited for “Holistic Biblical Interpretation and Biblical Theology,” the 2005 congress of the Choon-Ge Theological Symposium (춘계[春溪] 신학강좌), Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary (Seoul, Korea) Apr 2004
Course release (competitive award; Westminster College): for research and writing fall 2002
Lambda Sigma Faculty of the Year (Westminster College) 2000
Spring Honors Convocation: guest speaker for Pi Sigma Pi (Westminster College) 2000
Scholarship to study and research in Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany) 1991–92
Korean Honor Scholarship (Korean Embassy) 1990
Goethe Institute Scholarship (Princeton Theological Seminary) 1989
Samuel Robinson Foundation Prize (Princeton Theological Seminary) 1989
The Frederick Neumann Prize for Excellence in Greek and Hebrew (Princeton Theological Seminary) 1987
George Potts Bible Prize (Princeton University) 1986
minister in the Presbytery of Shenango (Presbyterian Church, USA),
since 6 Dec 1998
Born 4 Sep 1964 in Daegu, South Korea; moved to the U.S. 11 Aug 1974
Hobbies: music (violin, guitar, piano), food (cooking and eating), exercising, computers and tech gadgets, traveling, fixing things, riding a Harley-Davidson Sportster, (water)skiing, mountain biking