May 31, 2022 | The Austin Seminary Board of Trustees has called Dr. Donghyun Jeong as Assistant Professor of New Testament, effective July 1; he will begin teaching in the fall. He has taught at Emory University since 2017, most recently as an adjunct professor in the Candler School of Theology. He also taught in Mercer University’s Department of Religion.
“Dr. Jeong’s extensive teaching record and growing list of publications impressed the committee, but he was most notable for his warm, pastoral concern for the students and their seminary experiences,” said Professor Margaret Aymer, dean-elect and chair of the search committee. “His on-campus lecture on Romans was striking for his ability to bring together the New Testament world, the history of the Presbyterian Church in Korea, and current events in the state of Texas. We are excited to have him join our faculty.”
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Jeong earned a BA with high honors from Yonsei University in 2009. He received the MDiv from Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in 2014, the STM from Yale University Divinity School in 2016, and the PhD from Emory University in 2021. His dissertation title is “The Promise of Initiation: A Comparative Study of Ritual in the Pauline Communities and the Greco-Roman Mysteries.” He was recipient of the Laney Graduate Fellowship, the Pyungkwang Educational Scholarship, and the Yale Divinity School Scholarship.
Jeong’s monograph Pauline Baptism among the Mysteries: Ritual Messages and the Promise of Initiation will be published in 2023 by the German publisher De Gruyter. His chapter, “The Wandering People of God: A (Re)introduction to the Letter to the Hebrews Using a Sociolocative Textual Approach,” appears in Currents in Korean American and Korean Biblical Interpretation (SBL Press, forthcoming). Dr. Jeong has also contributed to the academy though peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and book reviews, and though presentations to scholarly conferences. His publications have appeared in prestigious academic journals, including the Journal of Biblical Literature and Novum Testamentum. He enjoys building bridges between faith communities and the academy and is an active participant in the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature.
A candidate for Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA) since 2020; for ten years he served churches in the U.S. and Korea and was a student missionary to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2010. He is married to Hyojin Kim and they parent two elementary aged children. He says, “I am excited to join the Austin community, both in classroom and in campus life. As a scholar of color from South Korea, I appreciate the importance of interpreting the New Testament from one’s own context and multiple identities—such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, physical abilities, immigration history, church tradition, and socioeconomic status. I look forward to participating in genuine conversations with students and faculty members for mutual learning and transformation.”