Areas of Expertise
New Testament Exegesis
Wisdom in Early Christian Literature
Children and Childhood in Antiquity
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Theories and Methods in Religion
B.A., Ewha Womans University
M.A., Ewha Womans University
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
Th.D., Harvard Divinity School
Dr. Eunyung Lim joined the LSTC faculty in July 2018. She holds both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Theology from Harvard University. She uses historical-critical methods, feminist and contextual hermeneutics, and anthropological insights to explain the inextricable relationship between biblical texts and their historical and cultural contexts. Her research areas include the New Testament, Nag Hammadi Library, and ancient Mediterranean cultures. In particular, she pays careful attention to the marginalized voices in the New Testament, such as children, women, slaves, and people with disabilities, and explores how their portrayals were understood and employed in ancient Christian discourse. Her forthcoming monograph, Entering God’s Kingdom (Not) Like A Little Child, investigates images of little children in the Gospel of Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and the Gospel of Thomas vis-à-vis a set of philosophical, historical, and archaeological materials concerning ancient children and childhood. This book sheds new light on the ways in which early Christ followers deploy various aspects of children in order to articulate an ideal human condition in which to enter God’s kingdom.
Prior to coming to LSTC, Lim taught at Harvard College as a teaching fellow for general education courses on the Hebrew Bible. She also served as an editorial assistant for Harvard Theological Review and was a visiting lecturer in New Testament at the College of the Holy Cross. She received Harvard’s Derek Bok Teaching Certificate, specializing in intercultural and multimodal communication. Lim is committed to pursuing an innovative and contextualized pedagogy, often adopting music, visuals, and performances for her classes. Her teaching has been recognized four times with the Harvard University Distinction in Teaching award, and her pedagogy article, “Teaching ‘Greek for Ministry’ in a Multicultural Classroom,” appears in The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching.
When not researching and teaching, Lim enjoys music, cooking, and going on walks with her family.
Entering God’s Kingdom (Not) Like A Little Child: Images of the Child in Matthew, 1 Corinthians, and Thomas (Walter de Gruyter, BZNW series, forthcoming).
“Entering the Kingdom of Heaven Not Like the Sons of Earthly Kings (Matt 17:24–18:5).” Catholic Biblical Quarterly (forthcoming).
“Teaching ‘Greek for Ministry’ in a Multicultural Classroom.” The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching 1.2 (2020): 49–54.
“Eve and Norea retold: The Power of Storytelling in the Nature of the Rulers.” inLandscapes of Korean and Korean American Biblical Interpretations, ed. John Ahn (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019), 241-250.
“Traces of Personified Wisdom in Early Christian Literature,” in Alice Ogden Bellis, Proverbs, Wisdom Community Series (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018), 84-87.