On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Ms. Eunyung Lim to the faculty as assistant professor of New Testament. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Ms. Lim, who is scheduled to complete the doctor of theology degree in New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard University in May, will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.
“We are enthusiastic in welcoming Eunyung Lim to the LSTC faculty,” said Dean Esther Menn. “Her excellent scholarship and skill in different pedagogies including on-line teaching will greatly enhance the LSTC community. During her on-campus presentation on the socio-political implications of being ‘like a child’ in Matthew 17:24-18:5, she demonstrated her deep thinking as an emerging scholar, writer, and teacher. We anticipate that she will make a big difference at LSTC in many ways.”
“LSTC’s mission of preparing students ‘for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere’ resonates with my commitment to nurturing social leaders whose interpretations of the Bible, critical thinking, and intercultural competence bring a positive transformation into today’s world,” Lim said.
Encourages students to imagine “voices from the margins” in the text
Lim’s doctoral dissertation, “Entering God’s Kingdom (Not) Like a Little Child,” is a historical and cultural investigation of early Christian portrayals of children and their relationship to God’s kingdom. Her effectiveness as a teacher has been recognized three times with the Harvard University Distinction in Teaching award. Lim said that her teaching emphasizes the contextualization of biblical texts, but that she uses her training in feminist and contextual hermeneutics to encourage students to “read against the grain” to imagine the “voices from the margins” in the texts.
Her work in churches across several ethnic and denominational lines has equipped Lim with an understanding of the ministries her students plan to pursue. She has mentored a diverse body of students as a teaching fellow at Harvard. She served as an editorial assistant for Harvard Theological Review and was a visiting lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross. Her pedagogical training includes Harvard’s Derek Bok Center Teaching Certificate in intercultural pedagogy and multicultural communication as well as Title IX training.
Lim earned a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School; and both a master of arts in Christian Studies (Early Church History) and a bachelor of arts (magna cum laude) in Christian Studies and Korean Language and Literature from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Clarence G. Campbell Scholarship from Harvard Divinity School and the Peter Brooks Saltonstall ’43 Memorial Scholarship from Harvard University.
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.