Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

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About the Author:
M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary and adjunct professor at El Seminario Teologico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala

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This well-argued and carefully researched study draws on biblical precedent to construct a viable Christian ethic on contemporary immigration. Carroll, an Old Testament scholar who is half Guatemalan and who teaches at a Guatemalan seminary as well as one in Denver, focuses primarily on Hispanic immigration to the U.S. in his examples, though the theological discussions are applicable on a broad intercultural level. He explores biblical notions of the responsibility an ancient society had to assist sojourners and those in exile, attempting to move today's discourse about immigration away from political and racial ideology toward what he hopes is "a divine viewpoint." Though Carroll's approach is substantive, even scholarly, the book is surprisingly accessible in language and tone. (May)

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Library Journal

Carroll R. (Old Testament, Denver Seminary) brings his professional expertise and personal heritage to this brief examination of Hispanic immigration, a hot topic in the current political climate, in light of the Bible. In Chapter 1, he deals with general immigration themes from a historical, sociological, economic, and religious perspective. He then examines immigration in the Old and New Testaments with the stated goal of creating a biblical framework for the debate and balancing between extremes on all sides. The author seems only briefly to mention several passages needing fuller explication. For instance, he writes of Lot in passing as exemplifying hospitality, yet he makes no examination of the dangers of cultural assimilation as seen in Lot's saga. Despite this shortcoming, this brief treatment is an excellent addition to the literature of biblical theology and a valuable contribution to the debates on immigration in this country. Highly recommended for academic libraries, particularly those with intercultural or religious studies. (Index not seen.)
—Ray Arnett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801035661
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Daniel Carroll R. (PhD, University of Sheffield) is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado, where he founded IDEAL, a Spanish language training program. He is also an adjunct professor at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala, the author or editor of several books, and a contributing editor to Prism.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Samuel Rodriguez Rodriguez, Samuel 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 15

1 Hispanic Immigration: Invasion or Opportunity? 25

2 Of Immigrants, Refugees, and Exiles: Guidance from the Old Testament, Part I 63

3 The Law and the Sojourner: Guidance from the Old Testament, Part II 91

4 Welcoming the Stranger: Guidance from the New Testament 113

5 Where Do We Go from Here? Final Thoughts 135

Afterword Ronald J. Sider Sider, Ronald J. 141

App Selected Resources 144

Notes 154

Index 173

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