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Sung Jin Park

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Dean of Asian Studies
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Sung Jin Park is Dean of Asian Studies and associate professor of Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Midwestern, Dr. Park was adjunct faculty to teach Biblical Hebrew poetry and syntax to Ph.D. and Rabbinical students and research assistant of Syriac literature for the Comprehensive Aramaic Project at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Dr. Park holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Material Science & Engineering from Hanyang University and POSTECH in South Korea. Before being called into full-time ministry, he worked for Hyundai Motor Company as a research engineer for six years with 32 international patents and utilities. After moving to the US, he earned a Th.M. in Old and New Testaments from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2004, and a M.Phil. in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies and a Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Hebrew Union College in 2010 and 2012.

Dr. Park’s research has focused on Biblical Hebrew poetry and narratives, the diachronic linguistic development of the Semitic languages, religions of Israel and Ugarit, and the Masoretic accentuation system. His publication includes Typology in Biblical Hebrew Meter: A Generative Metrical Approach (2017), The Fundamentals of Hebrew Accents: Divisions and Exegetical Roles beyond Syntax (2020), and several articles in internationally recognized academic journals. He has also served Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament as editorial board.

Dr. Park is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including The Isadore and Goldie Millstone Fellowship (HUC, 2005-9), Rev. John Oak Foundation Scholarship (Sarang Community Church, Korea, 2005-7), High Honors (DTS, 2004), Merrill F. Unger Award in the Old Testament (DTS, 2004), International Student Full Scholarship (DTS, 1999-2003), Magna Cum Laude (POSTECH, 1993), POSCO Research Fellowship (1991-3), Hyundai Motors Research Fellowship (1991-3), Summa Cum Laude (Hanyang, 1991), University Scholarship of Excellence (Hanyang, 1987-9), and National Research Foundation Fellowship of Excellence (The Government of the Republic of Korea, 1989-1991).

Dr. Park has previously served Cincinnati Chinese Church and Arlington Chinese Church for 14 years and foreign laborer ministry at Sarang Community Church (Seoul, Korea). Dr. Park is married to Alice and has three children: Eileen, Eunice, and Euclid.


Books (selected)*

  • The Fundamentals of Hebrew Accents: Divisions and Exegetical Roles beyond Syntax — Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • “The Phonetic Value Changes of Shewa in Various Tiberian Accentual Context” — Hebrew Studies 60 (2019): 333-355.
  • “The Prince of Peace” — The Gospel Project (Leader Guide) 7/2 (Winter 2018-19): 42-53.
  • Typology in Biblical Hebrew Meter: A Generative Metrical Approach — Edwin Mellen Press, 2017.
  • “Biblical Hebrew Poetry” in “Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?” A Grammatical Tribute to Professor Stephen A. Kaufman — Eisenbrauns, 2017.
  • “Pointing to the Accents in the Scroll”: The Functional Development of the Masoretic Accents in the Hebrew Bible — Hebrew Studies 55 (2014): 73-88.
  • “Application of the Tiberian Accentuation System for Colometry of Biblical Hebrew Poetry” — Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 39/2 (2013): 113-128.
  • “The Text and Translations of Job: A Comparative Study on 11QtgJob with Other Versions According to Translation Techniques”  — Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 2/2 (2013): 165-190.
  • “A New Historical Reconstruction of the Fall of Samaria” — Biblica 93/1 (2012): 98-106.
  • “The Cultic Identity of Asherah in Deuteronomistic Ideology of Israel” — Zeitschrift für die alttestamentlich Wissenschaft 123/4 (2011): 553-564.
  • “Short Notes on the Etymology of Asherah” — Ugarit Forschungen 42 (2010): 527-534.
  • “Melchizedek as a Covenantal Figure: The Biblical Theology of the Eschatological Royal Priesthood” — Bible.org, 2011
  • “Thematic Structural Analysis of 1 John 3:6, 9, 5:19 for the Problem of Sinlessness” — Bible.org, 2011
  • — Numerous book reviews in Review of Biblical Literature, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament