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Kang-Yup Na

Kang-Yup Na

Adjunct Faculty

Religion Faculty


nak@westminster.edu

(724) 946-7155

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Campus Location:
   Patterson Hall
   Office - 318
Mailbox: 195

About Me


I have been teaching at Westminster since 1998 and currently serve as an associate professor of religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. I was also the first director of Westminster's All-College Honors Program (2008–2012).

I earned an AB in religion from Princeton University, an MDiv from 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. Beyond biblical studies, my academic training and interests include:

  • the academic study of religion, comparative religion (especially Zen Buddhism and Taoism)
  • philosophy (especially ancient and modern, as well as “Eastern” philosophy)
  • theology (especially Reformed tradition)
  • faith and science (especially physics)
  • economics, history, and politics (especially in relation to faith and religion)

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.