Biblical Studies and Life


Messiah in Weakness

2016 forthcoming

A Portrait of Jesus from the Perspective of the Dispossessed

Kim raises a perennial question about Jesus: How can we approach the historical Jesus? Kim proposes to interpret him from the perspective of the dispossessed—through the eyes of weakness. Exploring Jesus’ experience, interpretation, and enactment of weakness, understanding weakness as both human condition and virtue, Kim offers a new portrait of Jesus who is weak and strong, and empowered to bring God’s rule, replete with mercy, in the here and now. Arguing against the grain of tradition that the strong Jesus identifies with the weak, Kim demonstrates that it is the weak Jesus who identifies with the weak. The paradoxical truth with Jesus is: “Because he is weak, he is strong.” In the end, Jesus dies a death of paradox that reveals both his ultimate weakness that demands divine justice, and his unyielding spirit of love for the world and truth of God.

A Theological Introduction to Paul's Letters was translated into Korean

My debut book (2008)

"Although much has been written on the Pauline notion of the "body of Christ," this contribution by Presbyterian scholar Kim offers a thoughtful and provocative insight worth considering."
–Donald Senior, The Bible Today

"I do think the body image is about inclusive egalitarianism in the new life in Christ, and not about sharp social boundaries."
–Marcus Borg

"I described your book and said that metaphor meant a lot more than just unity. People had never heard the idea before. I hope it revolutionizes our thinking!"
–Neil Elliott

Most recent book (2015)

“Farewell to New Testament theology as usual. Kim has struck the heart of the matter. This is a bold and fresh reading that seeks to resurrect a Jesus who points his finger to God and squarely situates him in his first-century Palestinian context."

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