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Sung-Deuk Oak


Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Endowed Chair
Associate Professor of Korean Christianity

Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
234A Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
Campus Mail Code: 154003

Keywords: Korea, History, Christianity

Dr. Oak joined the Center in 2002 as a Henry Luce postdoctoral fellow of Korean Christianity. His fields of expertise include the history of Korean Christianity and its East Asian and global connections, especially interactions between Christianity and Korean religious culture in the sociopolitical context. One of his monographs, The Making of Korean Christianity: Encounters of Protestantism with Korean Religions, 1876~1915, the first volume of the series of the Studies in World Christianity (Baylor University Press, 2013) was awarded the "book of the year" by Books and Culture in 2013. Currently he is writing The History of the Korean Bible Society, volume III, 1945-2000; editing the ten-volume series of Samuel Austin Moffett Papers, 1868~1939; and the four-volume series of Sources of Modern Nursing in Korea, 1886~1945. For more information, please visit his English home page: "Online Archives of Korean Christianity" or a Korean blog:

Th. D., Boston University School of Theology, History of Christianity, 2002

Th. M., Princeton Theological Seminary, History of Christianity, 1994

Th. M. & M. Div. Presbyterian Theological Seminary, History of Christianity, 1993, 1991

B. A. & B. A., Seoul National University, Korean History, 1988; English Literature, 1986.


First Events in Early Korean Protestantism [in Korean]. Seoul: Jitta, 2016.

A New History of Early Korean Protestantism [in Korean]. Seoul: Holy Wave Press, 2016.

The Making of Korean Christianity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013

A Pictorial History of Korean Protestantism [in Korean]. Seoul: Hongsungsa, 2009.

History of the Korean Bible Society. 2 vols. [in Korean] Seoul: Korean Bible Society, 1993, 1995.

Recent Book Chapters
“Protestantism Comes East: the Korean Case,” in Mark K. Noll ed., Protestantism after 500 Years (Oxford: Oxford University Press, August 2016), 228-257.

“A Genealogy of Protestant Theologies of Religions in Korea, 1876-1910,” in Anselm K. Min ed. Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, Dec. 2016), 35-55.

"A Genealogy of Chejungwŏn, the First Modern Hospital in Korea, 1885-1904,” in Yonsei Institute of Medical History ed., History if Mission Hospitals in East Asia (Seoul: Yoksa gonggan, April 2015), 313-384.

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