Friday, November 27, 2015

My Paul book was translated into Korean

I am so glad that one of my Paul books was translated into Korean and published by SamIn, in Seoul, Korea. The book is about Paul's threefold theology or gospel. The English title is A Theological Introduction to Paul's Letters: Exploring a Threefold Theology of Paul (Cascade Books, 2011). I hope this book will impact Korean scholars and Christianity in ways that they may relive the heart of Paul's gospel in today's world. I sincerely thank Rev. Dr. Jinseong Woo for his hard work of Korean translation.

바울의 삼중 신학
김영석 지음 | 우진성 옮김 | 삼인 | 2015년 12월 03일 출간


한국어판 서문



1장 바울은 어떻게 해석되어 왔는가?
ㆍ 법정적 구원의 관점
ㆍ 사회과학적 혹은 사회학적 접근
ㆍ 바울에 대한 ‘새 관점’
ㆍ 묵시 신학적 접근
ㆍ 정치적?이데올로기적 읽기
ㆍ 요약

2장 바울의 삼중 신학을 향하여
ㆍ 바울의 삶
ㆍ 바울 신학의 중심 이슈와 바울의 해결책: 율법, 죄, 생명에 대하여
ㆍ “그리스도의 몸으로 말미암아 율법에 대해서는 죽임을 당했습니다.”
ㆍ “그리스도는 율법의 끝마침이 되셔서”
ㆍ “율법의 행위”
ㆍ 요약

3장 바울의 삼중 신학
ㆍ 하나님의 의, 그리스도의 믿음, 믿는 자들이 이룬 “그리스도의 몸”
ㆍ 고린도전서에 나타난 삼중 신학 둘러보기
ㆍ 로마서에 나타난 삼중 신학 둘러보기
ㆍ 갈라디아서에 나타난 삼중 신학 둘러보기
ㆍ 요약

4장 “하나님의 의”
ㆍ 하나님의 의는 어떻게 이해되어 왔는가?
ㆍ 구약성서에 나타난 “하나님의 의”
ㆍ 제2성전 유대교와 디아스포라 경험 안의 “하나님의 의”
ㆍ 로마 제국의 의/정의
ㆍ 바울과 “하나님의 의”
ㆍ 바울서신에 나타난 “하나님의 의”
ㆍ 로마서 1장 16~17절과 3장 21~26절에 나타난 “하나님의 의”
ㆍ “하나님의 의”, 하나님의 복음
ㆍ “하나님의 의”, 하나님의 결정적인 역사 개입
ㆍ 요약

5장 “그리스도의 믿음”
ㆍ 바울서신에 나타난 “그리스도의 믿음”
ㆍ 구약성서에 나타난 메시아
ㆍ 제2성전 유대교와 디아스포라 경험 속에서의 메시아
ㆍ 그리스-로마 제국에서의 메시아
ㆍ 바울과 “그리스도의 믿음”
ㆍ 바울서신에 나타난 “그리스도의 믿음”
ㆍ Pistis Christou 요약
ㆍ 요약

6장 믿는 자들이 이룬 “그리스도의 몸”
ㆍ 바울서신에 나타난 “그리스도의 몸”
ㆍ 구약성서에 나타난 인간 문제
ㆍ 제2성전 유대주의와 디아스포라 경험 속에 나타난 인간 문제
ㆍ 그리스-로마 시대의 인간 문제
ㆍ 바울과 “그리스도의 몸”
ㆍ 바울서신에 나타난 “그리스도의 몸”
ㆍ 고린도전서 12장 12~27절에 나타난 “그리스도의 몸”
ㆍ 요약

7장 그리스도를 “본받음”
ㆍ 헬라 전통 안의 미메시스
ㆍ 미메시스와 바울
ㆍ 본받음의 해석 방식
ㆍ 고린도전서 4장 16절과 11장 1절에 나타난 “본받는 사람들”
ㆍ 요약

8장 오늘날 바울을 어떻게 읽을 것인가?
ㆍ 바울 신학 요약

신학과 윤리를 융합한 바울의 삼중 신학 
버지니아유니온 대학의 김영석 교수는 총 세 권의 바울 연구서를 펴냈는데, 이 책은 그 가운데 가장 총론적인 저서다. 그는 이제까지의 바울 연구 경향을 다섯 가지로 구분하면서, 그 연구들이 중요한 성과를 냈음에도 공통으로 갖는 한계를 지적한다. 바로 윤리가 신학과 분리되어 있다는 점이다. 즉 바울을 아는 것과 실천하는 것은 별개가 된다는 이야기다. 따라서 이 책은 ‘하느님의 의’, ‘그리스도의 신실함’, ‘그리스도의 몸(인 우리)’이라는 바울의 핵심적인 세 키워드가 하나로 맞물리고 있는 의미를 집요하게 파헤친다. 그리고 ‘삼중 복음’이 하나로 만나는 지점에서 신학과 윤리의 융합을 가능하게 하는 바울의 핵심 의미를 도출한다. 저자는 미국에서 가장 활동적인 한국계 신학자다. 안타깝게도 한국의 독자들은 그를 거의 알지 못하지만, 독창적 바울 해석을 시도하는 이 책이 한국 신학계에 김영석이라는 이름을 알리는 문지방이 되리라 믿는다. ― 김진호(제3시대그리스도교연구소 연구실장, 『리부팅 바울』 저자)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

student learning experience by posting board

During the last class of Introduction to Biblical Studies, I asked my students to reflect on their learning experience. I remember that at the first class they were very concerned about passing of this course. The task was to explore what changes were made during their course work and learning process. For the first five minutes they individually reflected on their learning experience from day 1 to this day of the last class. In doing so, I told them to come up with some nouns, verbs, and adjectives that describe their learning experience. After this, I asked them to have conversation with the other peer next to each other. Lastly, all of them were divided into several groups. At this time, I asked them to write words or draw somthing in order to describe their experience of this course on their posting boards. Each group did it differently. Thanks for all students who participated in this class. The following postings were made and reported in class. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Luke 5:1-11 and reader-response questions

Luke 5:1-11:

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

The following is a list of reader-response questions that I come up with:

-Why does Jesus stand at the lakeside?

-Why are the crowds thirsty for the word of God? What is the word of God that Jesus preaches?

-Why Jesus uses boats to teach them?

-Why Jesus uses Peter's boat?

-Why Jesus asks Peter to go to the deep water and let down the nets? (deep water as a difficult place or as an abundant place?)

-Why is there irony between success of many fish and crisis that boats begin to sink?

-Why does Peter say that "I am a sinful man!"? (Is he saying that 'I am nothing'?)

-What would be Peter's response to Jesus' word: "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people"?

-What caused Jesus' disciples to leave everything and follow him? To do what? Compare with the crowd's existence in the beginning of this text.

Wrong questions and wasteful endeavor

I read John 9. 

Jesus walks and sees a man born blind. His disciples ask him: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

This is a wrong question that they should not ask. It is wrong because his blindness has nothing to do with his sin or his parents' sin. Their question is simply judgmental and arrogant; they think they know the answer. In fact, t
heir efforts to know the answer is wasteful endeavor. They may write thousands of books or speeches to argue for one way or another. But there will be no answer because the question is wrong and misguided. 

Their question is also wrong because they focus on the sin-punishment stuff. 
Rather, they have to focus on this man's poor status and the need of recovery of sight. They need empathy for him. 

Jesus sees this man born blind differentlt, as he answers: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him." Jesus focuses on the recovery of his sight. This man's problem or obstacle can be understood as a means of God's glory. What this man needs is the regaining of his sight. Jesus sees that need of him and acts upon him. That is real theology in action. Theology that does not attempt to improve human conditions is hollow and wasteful. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Laozi and Jesus: Life in Wisdom

Writing the words of the Dao De Jing from memory ... I am resting. Then I am entering a conversation with Laozi and Jesus. For example, in the Dao De Jing Chapter 81 there is a phrase of "sinunbulme" which means "true words are not beautiful." You know what? Jesus, in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-collector, seems to teach a similar thing, because the tax-collector's simple, inarticulate prayer is more authentic than the Pharisee's beautiful, articulate prayer.

For my hobby, I translated the Dao De Jing into English with a brief commentary.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Prolific writer

I think I am a prolific writer. Thus far for the past 10 years I have produced more than a dozen books. Some people say that I am a writing machine. But let me be clear that I don't write things overnight and submit them for publication. Most of my writings are done over time and revised hundred times. Because people do not know the whole process or habit of my writing, they tend to think that I write fast and easy, as if I were a writing machine. That is misunderstanding. Today when I was exercising at a gym as I used to, I thought about my prolific writing habit and know-hows. There are three key elements for a possible prolific writing: 1) distinctive ideas; 2) investment of time and its wise management; and 3) the healthy body and spirit (physical and spiritual).

First, unique or distinctive ideas about the book are most important. There are already tons of books in the market. So I ask: Why do you waste your time if there are similar books already in the market that you are going to write. Check yourself and find where you are insterested and how your idea makes a difference as compared with others. Of course, idea making does not happen in one day or overnight. Day and night, ask yourself about everything that you read and see. Also, ask why you want to write and whom you want to impact on. Often I resist familiar readings and struggle with new ways of reading. Maintain a habit of note-taking and visit your notes often and revise them. All this means you need to maintain a pool of ideas.

Second, even though you have good ideas about a new book, you cannot produce anything without setting aside time to study and reflect. I mean you have to give yourself to where your passion is. Day and night, in big or small time, you will need to have constant brainstorming for your topic. Time management is also important. For me study does not happen only in a study room or library; I often enjoy thinking and planning to write in a coffee shop or in a local park where I often walk and think. In a sense, nature is my library and classroom. Even in a sleeping bed, or in the middle of night or early morning I wake up with new ideas or better plan for writing. I often write in my head when I go to bed. Sometimes I wake up by new ideas about the book or clear thoughts about something in a book and take notes on papers.

Third, even though you have unique ideas and perfect time for writing, you cannot produce anything without your health. You need to maintain your body and spirit in perfect condition. Physical exercise is basic. Eat properly and exercise regularly. Meditate on your life and time. Simple life styel will help. Our body does not last forever.

As you see above, the above three elements are gifts of God. You cannot take boast about them. Ideas are given by God in some sense, because you don't own anything in your life. You are not the owner of your life, and therefore everything good about yourself is not yours. We say that is the grace of God, which is everything in your life. Think about good ideas about the book, your time, and your body and spirit. All these are not yours. You cannot create time and body. You can use them judiciously. That is your responsibility. In the end I want to say that writing is a vocation and mission for me. That is why I put all I have into my writing, thanking God for what I received from him. That is it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Finally new book Resurrecting Jesus was released today


Finally! I am so excited to announce the publication of my new book --- “RESURRECTING JESUS: The Renewal of New Testament Theology.” This is my sixth book published in the area of New Testament and biblical studies. This particular book deals with the historical Jesus and his importance in New Testament theology. I would appreciate it if you could share this information with your library, friends, or anyone you want to include.

-Title: RESURRECTING JESUS: The Renewal of New Testament Theology.
-ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-1834-4, Retail: $17
-Publisher: Cascade, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers
-If you want a free copy for textbook adoption or review, please click on the below link and follow the instructions:  
-Press kit (excerpts and author mock interview):

Thank you very much for your attention in advance.


Yung Suk Kim