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Wed, November 01, 2023
Start: 01:00 PM
End: 01:50 PM

All are welcome to attend in Camelford Hall (room 226) at McMaster Divinity College at 1:00pm or via livestream at the link below:

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At this week’s Theological Research Seminar, Daniel Kim will be presenting, “Fear of YHWH as the Transcendent Frame for Moral Formation in Prov 1–9.” Read the abstract and his bio below.


A salient characteristic of what Charles Taylor calls “a secular age” is the immanent frame that lacks reference to transcendence. This secular moral order especially after the Enlightenment resulted in emotivism that treats ethics as mere expressions of preference. In contrast, Prov 1–9, a distinct literary unit within the book, presents a series of parental instructions rooted in a biblical tradition as its epistemological centre for moral inquiry. Indebted to the Deuteronomic language and thought, this moral tradition aims to inculcate a moral character that is founded on and aimed at “the fear of YHWH” (Prov 1:7). I hope to show in this study what process is involved in this character formation and how this transcendent frame invites the student to the life of Imitatio Dei in Prov 1–9. Finally, I will reflect on the implications of Prov 1–9 for the moral landscape of secularism today.



Daniel Kim is a South Korean raised in Canada since his teenage. He is currently preparing to return to pastoral ministry after his PhD in Old Testament specializing in Proverbs 1–9. He has a passion for the church and has been involved in pastoral ministry for the last fifteen years in different capacities as an ordained minister. His desire is to make his academic work relevant to the church context today.

About TRS

The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) is a bimonthly gathering for all MDC students and faculty. TRS meets over the lunch hour on Wednesdays, and includes about thirty minutes for the paper presentation and twenty minutes for discussion.

All advanced degree students are invited to present a paper and share your research with your colleagues. TRS is an excellent opportunity to “test drive” a paper you will be presenting at an upcoming conference and receive helpful feedback on your current research projects. Thinking about submitting an article to a journal and want some interaction first? TRS will provide it. Just published an article or an essay and want to share it us? TRS is an excellent opportunity to broadcast it.

This year the organizing committee consists of Dr. Francis Pang, Dr. Phil Zylla, and Dr. Gord Heath. To submit a paper, contact a member of the organizing committee.