3.70: Why Kin-dom instead of Kingdom?

This discussion with Kristofer Phan Coffman centers on a question submitted by an Enter the Bible podcast listener: Why kin-dom instead of kingdom of God?


In this episode, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Kristofer Phan Coffman, New Testament scholar and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota about the question: Why use the term “kin-dom” instead of “kingdom” of God?

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Genesis
  • Psalms

Topics, themes and figures mentioned

  • Kin-dom
  • Family of Equality
  • Trojan War
  • Basileia: Greek term meaning royal palace
  • King Herod
  • Royal/Cornation Pslams
  • Emperor Augustus
  • Reign and Realm of God
  • Inception: movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan
  • Roman Empire

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Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

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Kristofer Phan Coffman


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Kristofer Phan Coffman

Kristofer Phan Coffman is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religion and Cultures at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Kristofer is, to the best of his knowledge, the first Cambodian to receive a doctoral degree in any aspect of biblical studies or the study of the ancient world. He brings his own experience as a first generation Cambodian-American to his readings of the biblical text in an effort to help readers reframe their reading of ancient texts as a cross-cultural interaction, hoping to build skills both for the reading of the biblical text as well as the modern task of relating to people from cultures different than their own.

In addition to his work in the New Testament, Kristofer writes on food, farming and sustainability for the Preserve Journal, an independent print publication dedicated to the exploration of a more sustainable, resilient and responsible food culture. He has also worked as a translator and translation consultant for chefs in both Denmark and Cambodia.

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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