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

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Thinking Biblically about Immigration

This updated and revised edition reflects changes since the first edition was published, responds to criticisms, and expands the original biblical presentation.

"The issue of immigration has been one of the most complex issues to navigate for Christians committed to truth, justice, and mercy. As an evangelical leader, I am profoundly appreciative that Danny Carroll has ...

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Overview

Thinking Biblically about Immigration

This updated and revised edition reflects changes since the first edition was published, responds to criticisms, and expands the original biblical presentation.

"The issue of immigration has been one of the most complex issues to navigate for Christians committed to truth, justice, and mercy. As an evangelical leader, I am profoundly appreciative that Danny Carroll has provided an insightful treatise grounded in biblical erudition and pastoral sensibilities. Christians at the Border is one of the most compelling and welcome contributions in the national dialogue concerning immigration."
--Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC)

"The second edition of Christians at the Border could not be coming out at a more crucial time in our country's history, when evangelicals of all political stripes are joining together to push for sensible immigration reform. This updated version reinforces the biblical call for Christians to 'welcome the stranger' and further lays out the case for viewing our country's immigration policy through the lens of Scripture. A must-read for any Christian who is interested in immigration reform."
--Jim Wallis, president and founder, Sojourners; author of On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good

"Danny Carroll's lovely Christians at the Border is the best available treatment of how Christians should feel, think, and act concerning the issue of immigration. The book is enriched profoundly by the author's own bicultural background and perspective, which makes it possible for him to speak to both Hispanic and Anglo readers with equal insight and grace. This is the book that needs to be in every Christian's hands right now as our legislatures debate immigration--and in the days and years that follow."
--David P. Gushee, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University

"In a crowded field of raised, often strident voices debating the 'immigrant problem,' M. Daniel Carroll R. wades in, joining other Christian Latina/o scholars, to remind us that the Bible, not political wrangling or economic benefits, must be the determining lens for the church. Evangelicals in particular and Christians in general will appreciate his timely argument."
--Loida I. Martell-Otero, Palmer Theological Seminary, Eastern University

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Publishers Weekly

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: 9781587433511
  • Publisher: Brazos Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 682,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (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

Contents
Foreword by Samuel Rodríguez
Introduction
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
1. Hispanic Immigration
Invasion or Opportunity?
2. Of Immigrants, Refugees, and Exiles
Guidance from the Old Testament, Part I
3. The Law and the Sojourner
Guidance from the Old Testament, Part II
4. Welcoming the Stranger
Guidance from the New Testament
5. Where Do We Go from Here?
Final Thoughts
Afterword by Ronald J. Sider
Appendix: Selected Resources
Index
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