G. Sujin Pak

G. Sujin Pak

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity

External address: 
109 Old Divinity, Langford, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3431


Professor Pak specializes in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe. Her teaching focuses on the theology of the Protestant reformers, the Protestant Reformation and the Jews, women and the Reformation, and the history of biblical interpretation. Her research and writing engage the history of biblical interpretation during the Reformation era. In her research, as well, she gives particular attention to the role of biblical exegesis in the history of Christian-Jewish relations.

Professor Pak is a United Methodist layperson with active roles as a teacher and lay preacher in the United Methodist Church. Her family heritage includes numerous UMC pastors, missionaries, deacons and district superintendents.

In 2009, Oxford University Press published her book titled “The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms.”

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2006
  • B.A., Emory University 1993

Selected Grants

2020 Academic Year Field Education & Student Pastor's Program awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2020

2020 Field Education Operations awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Black Student Debt Research Project awarded by Association of Theological Schools (Principal Investigator). 2019

Pak, G. S. “Luther and Calvin on the Nature and Function of Prophecy: The Case of the Minor Prophets.” Calvin and Luther: The Continuing Relationship, edited by R. W. Holder, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, 2013, pp. 13–37.

Pak, G. S. “Calvijn en David.” Johannes Calvijn: Zijn Leven, Zijn Werk., edited by W. Balke et al., Uitgeverij Kok, 2008, pp. 238–40.

Pak, G. S. “Luther, Melanchthon, and Calvin on Romans 5 & 13: Three Reformation Approaches to Reading Romans.” Reformation Readings of Romans, edited by K. Ehrensperger and R. W. Holder, T&T Clark, 2008, pp. 122–43.

Pak, G. S. “A Response to ‘The Congrégation: An In-Service Training Center for Preachers to the People of Geneva.” Calvin and the Company of Pastors., CRC Product Services, 2004, pp. 89–93.

Pak, G. S. “Contributions of commentaries on the minor prophets to the formation of distinctive lutheran and reformed confessional identities.” Church History and Religious Culture, vol. 92, no. 2–3, Jan. 2012, pp. 237–60. Scopus, doi:10.1163/18712428-09220003. Full Text

Pak, G. S. “Rethinking Prophecy: The Functions of Prophecy in the Writings of Argula von Grumback and Martin Luther.” Reformation and Renaissance Review, vol. 14, no. 2, 2012, pp. 151–69.

Pak Boyer, S. “Calvin on the "shared design" of the Old and New Testament authors: the case of the minor prophets.” Westminster Theological Journal, vol. 73, no. 2, Sept. 2011, pp. 255–71.

Pak Boyer, S. “A break with anti-Judaic exegesis: John Calvin and the unity of testaments.” Calvin Theological Journal, vol. 46, no. 1, Apr. 2011, pp. 7–28.

Pak, G. Sujin. “Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin. By Randall C. Zachman. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007. xii + 548 pp. $55.00 cloth; $40.00 paper.Church History, vol. 79, no. 4, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Dec. 2010, pp. 920–22. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s000964071000123x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pak, G. Sujin. “The School of God. Pedagogy and Rhetoric in Calvin's Interpretation of Deuteronomy.” Church History and Religious Culture, vol. 90, no. 2, Brill, June 2010, pp. 401–03. Crossref, doi:10.1163/187124110x542608. Full Text

Pak, G. Sujin. “John Calvin and Roman Catholicism: Critique and Engagement, Then and Now - Edited by Randall C. Zachman.” Religious Studies Review, vol. 36, no. 1, Wiley, Mar. 2010, pp. 87–87. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2010.01406_26.x. Full Text

Pak Boyer, S. “Church mother: the writings of a Protestant reformer in sixteenth-century Germany.” Religious Studies Review, vol. 35, no. 4, Dec. 2009, pp. 290–290.

Pak, G. Sujin. “Book Review: Calvin's Theology of the Psalms.” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, vol. 63, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Jan. 2009, pp. 104–05. Crossref, doi:10.1177/002096430906300139. Full Text


Pak, G. Sujin. The Judaizing Calvin. 1 Oct. 2009.

Pak, G. Sujin. “Calvin's Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension - By Julie Canlis.” Modern Theology, vol. 27, no. 4, Wiley, Oct. 2011, pp. 717–20. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.2011.01717.x. Full Text

Pak, G. S. “"Defender of the Most Holy Matriarchs": Martin Luther's Interpretation of the Women of Genesis.” The Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 35, no. 4, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 2004, pp. 1137–39.