Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Kang, Jina

Dr. Kang came to McCormick in July 2019 from Loyola Marymount University where she was a postdoctoral faculty fellow and served on faculty as a lecturer and visiting assistant professor. She earned a Ph.D. in Theology with a major in Old Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017, passing with distinction. She was awarded her M.Div. from Fuller in 2007 and a B.A. in Development Studies from University of California-Berkeley in 2004. Dr. Kang has published an essay on the “Bible in Korean Resistance against the Japanese Empire (1910-1945)" in the Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Biblical Criticism (2018). She is in the process now of revising for publication her dissertation, “Bokeumjali in Exile: Transnational Readings of Ezekiel 40-48 and Sa-I-Gu.”

Dr. Kang holds membership in the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and has presented at five annual SBL meetings. She has also given presentations at colleges, churches, and two Catholic dioceses within metropolitan Los Angeles. She served as a youth pastor at the Oriental Mission Church as the director of middle school ministries.

After having her revised dissertation published, Dr. Kang next research project will study the prohibition of exogamous marriage in Ezra 9-10 and Nehemiah 13 as an issue in the negotiation of “communal and national identities” by the exiled Israelites who were returning to Jerusalem. By navigating between the ancient context and contemporary reading of these texts, she hopes to “gain critical insights into these issues by exploring the experiences of Korean women who had mixed-race children with American soldiers during the Korean War.”

Dr. Jina Kang
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Field of Study:
Old Testament
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament