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Dr. Yung Suk Kim, a professor at Virginia Union University, recently published a book that aims to provide a comprehensive approach to studying the Gospels.

“How to Read the Gospels,” released last week, offers an introduction to the Gospels for seminary and graduate students. The book covers authorship, history, parables and interpretive issues for each Gospel. Kim, a professor of New Testament and early Christianity, said the book grew out of his teaching experience at VUU.

photo Dr. Yung Suk Kim

“Traditionally, the Gospels are read with a strong focus on the story,” Kim said. “But this book opens up all sorts of reading perspectives through which we can explore multiple dimensions of the text.”

The book presents a variety of interpretive methods, including traditional, womanist, disability, and ecological approaches. It also includes discussion questions to help readers reflect on the gospel narratives and theology.

Kim said the book encourages readers to interpret the Gospels from their own perspectives, ranging from postcolonialism to environmentalism.

“Readers will gain insight into the historical and literary aspects of the Gospels,” Kim said. “Readers will understand the particular theological themes associated with the portrayal of Jesus.”