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Dr. Seong Hyun Park

Dean of the Boston Campus, Assistant Professor of Old Testament


Dr. Park joined Gordon-Conwell in 2004 after years of extensive archaeological work in Israel, and teaching internationally in Argentina and Palestine. Fluent in four languages—Korean, Spanish, English and Modern Hebrew—he currently teaches Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Archaeology.

His archaeological fieldwork included surveying an Iron Age Judahite tomb in Jerusalem, and supervising field excavations of the Persian stratum in the Philistine port-city of Ashkelon, Hellenistic-Roman tombs in Jerusalem, and the vineyard of Naboth and King Ahab’s palace in Tel Jezreel. He has published numerous articles about his fieldwork and other subjects related to Israel and the Old Testament.

Dr. Park was also the acting director of Harvard University’s Ashkelon Archaeological Laboratory in Israel, and was a conference session chair at the 5th World Archaeological Congress in Washington, D.C.

During his career, Dr. Park has held a number of leadership positions, including his current appointment as a board member at the Institute of Christian Leadership. He previously served as missionary for Palestinians in the West Bank; founded Boston Onnuri Church in Boston, MA; served as assistant preacher at Netivyah Messianic Jewish Congregation in Jerusalem, Israel; and has initiated several outreach ministry efforts around the globe.

He is co-editor of the Africanus Journal and the Africanus Monograph Series, and recently co-edited Reaching for the New Jerusalem: A Biblical and Theological Framework for the City (Wipf & Stock, 2013), a volume in the Urban Voice Series for which he serves as the series editor.

Dr. Park’s scholarly interests include the Old Testament and its cultures, Biblical Hebrew, the analysis of cities in Iron Age Israel, and interpreting the Bible in the context of its own land.

His personal interests include music, photography and travel.

Dr. Park proposed to his wife, Dr. Hyun Gyung Jang, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Israel. They are parents of two sons – Daniel who studies and plays Lacrosse in Europe, and Matthew who attends BC High. The family live in Waltham.


  • B.A. (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • M.A. (Tel Aviv University)
  • Ph.D. (Harvard University)


  • Reaching for the New Jerusalem: A Biblical and Theological Framework for the City (Wipf & Stock, 2013)

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