Faculty Profile

Bo Lim

Bo H. Lim

Professor of Old Testament

Email: bolim@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2347
Office:  Alexander & Adelaide Hall 208

Education: BA, UCLA, 1995; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1999; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2006. At SPU since 2006.

Bo Lim comes to SPU with teaching experience in both the church and university. Prior to joining SPU’s faculty in 2006, he taught at North Park University and pastored Korean-American congregations for several years. From 2014-2018, Dr. Lim served as the Interim University Chaplain for SPU.

Dr. Lim’s work is focused on the intersection of text, theology, culture, and mission. His research interests include Israelite prophetic literature, the formation of the book of Isaiah, exile and forced migration, the theological interpretation of Scripture, missional hermeneutics, and Asian American biblical interpretation. He views his scholarship and teaching as a means to enable the church to live out its missional calling, particularly how it reads Scripture responsibly and relevantly in and for our culture. Dr. Lim serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and regularly contributes to both academic and ecclesial publications.

Dr. Lim serves as a elder in the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a faculty advisor for SPS's Asian American Ministry Program. He is married with three children, and in the summers you can find him camping, biking, and competing in triathlons. 


Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary), with Daniel Castelo

Eerdmans, 2015

"In this commentary Bo Lim, an Old Testament scholar, and Daniel Castelo, a theologian, come together to help the church recover and read the prophetic book of Hosea in a way that is both faithful to its message and relevant to our contemporary context."

The 'Way of the LORD' in the Book of Isaiah

T&T Clark, 2010

"The focus of this study will be to define the way of the Lord and to trace the development of this theme in conjunction with the growth of the book of Isaiah." (3)

Selected Publications

  • "The Lynching of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah: Death at the Hands of Persons Unknown." Ex Auditu 31 (2016): 108–120.
  • "Which Version of the Twelve Prophets Should Christians Read?: A Case for Reading the LXX Twelve Prophets." Journal of Theological Interpretation 7.1 (2013): 21–36.

Please see Dr. Lim's CV (PDF) for additional publications.


Bo Lim

Why I Teach at SPU

Bo Lim, Associate Professor of Old Testament

I teach at SPU because this community is committed to the depth and breadth of the gospel for our world today. Some communities may express a devotion to the gospel, but they define it narrowly and therefore miss out on its manifold graces and transformative power. Others may seek its benefits but neglect the God of the gospel. Here at SPU we care deeply for Christ and his kingdom, both for loving God and loving others.