Founder and President: Ezra K. Kim, Ph.D.
Kim, born in Korea, was
educated in Korea, Taiwan, and Israel. He is a Christian who loves
the Lord and is very interested in sharing the Gospel especially through
reading the Word of God. After he completed his B.A. in Theology and military
service in Korea, he
traveled to Taiwan to study
theology among Chinese people at China Evangelical Seminary (Taipei, Taiwan).
He taught himself the Chinese language (Mandarin) before he came to Taiwan. The two
full years he spent in Taiwan
were precious; he acquainted himself with the Chinese language, people,
culture, and environment rather than only studying theology.
Next Dr. Kim
continued his academic journey to Jerusalem,
lived in Jerusalem about 10 years (from 1985
till 1994), completing his M.A. in Hebrew Language, with an emphasis on Bible
Translation at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (present name: Jerusalem University
College). He obtained his
Ph.D. in Textual Criticism of the Bible at Hebrew
University (Jerusalem, Israel).
The title of his Ph.D. thesis was ¡°Studies in the Relationship between the
Samaritan Pentateuch and the Septuagint.¡± By this time Dr. Kim was fluent not
only in his mother tongue Korean, but in Chinese, English, and Modern Hebrew as
well. At the same time, as a textual critic, he became well equipped with the
profound knowledge of not only the biblical languages Hebrew, Greek, and
Aramaic, but also of many ancient biblical manuscripts.
Dr. Kim was studying at Hebrew
University, he was also
involved in the Finnish Bible Translation Project. His task was to collect and
analyze the differences of various biblical texts and versions for the
translators. During his final months in Israel,
he also participated in an inventorization work of
Dead Sea Scrolls at Rockefeller
Kim taught as a professor for 6 years at Jeonju University
He came to New York
with his family in January 2001. Since then he has been teaching at Faith Bible
(Chinese) Seminary (Flushing, New
York), and pastoring a Korean
congregation in Westchester county, New
Kim has published many books in Korean. Among his published books are Beit HaMiqra
Hebrew-Korean Dictionary, Beit HaMiqra
Intersting Hebrew, Jesus the Jew, The Bible Seen through
Manuscripts, Introduction to the Ancient Jewish Literature, Comfort My People:
a Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Difficult Passages of the Old Testament I
(Genesis to Leviticus), Diaspora History of the Jewish People after Christ,
Following the Context of the Old Testament, An Easy Commentary on the Book of
Genesis I, II, III, IV, etc.