The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible  -     By: James K. Hoffmeier
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The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible

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Combining biblical, archaeological, and sociological evidence to form an understanding of aliens in Israelite society, Hoffmeier addresses one of the most complex social and legal challenges of the 21st century from a comprehensive biblical perspective. Suggests how Scripture can assist Christians in considering the problem of immigration and in developing biblically oriented public policy.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433506076
ISBN-13: 9781433506079
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Combines biblical, archaeological, and sociological evidence toform a definition and understanding of aliens in Israelite society,which helps inform the current debate on the status of illegalimmigrants in the United States.

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JAMES K. HOFFMEIER (PhD, University of Toronto), who has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than thirty years, is now professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern archaeology at Trinity International University. Born and raised in Egypt, he has been a refugee from war and an alien in two different countries, making him sensitive to immigration issues.

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This short volume attempts to apply biblical teachings to the present-day U.S. immigration crisis. Hoffmeier, a professor of Old Testament and archeology who was born in Egypt, argues that the Hebrew Bible's many legal and ethical proscriptions against mistreating the “alien” were addressed to a class of people who in this day and age might be thought of resident aliens or permanent residents—not illegal immigrants. He also argues that the so-called “sanctuary movement,” in which church leaders have on occasion sheltered illegal immigrants from imminent arrest, is “twisting biblical statutes and subverting federal law.” The book offers little in the way of sociological, political or economic insight into the circumstances surrounding modern-day illegal immigration, beyond advocating for a law-and-order approach. Missing from this analysis is an understanding of the Bible as a prophetic document more concerned with larger issues of justice. Still, Christians looking for a biblical justification for strict federal enforcement of immigration laws may find much to like. (Apr. 30) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Eric Nygren
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    October 8, 2009
    Eric Nygren
    It has been almost a year now since one of the most high profile elections of recent history. With all the news in recent months about the economy and the debates over climate change, we forget that eleven months ago one of the hottest topics in the news was immigration reform. Many of us Midwesterners may have moved on to other debates, but I imagine that for many of our fellow Americans to the south immigration is still a daily concern. Concerned citizens have listened to the arguments from both the conservative and liberal points of view. But how should we who hold to a Biblical worldview look at this debate? Dr. James K. Hoffmeier, professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern archaeology at Trinity International University has recently added an under-represented perspective in his book The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible. In this very helpful book Hoffmeier surveys the practices of Ancient Near Eastern peoples as well as relevant Old Testament texts as a guide to how 'immigration' was handled in those days. One of the themes that recurs throughout Hoffmeier's discussion is the distinction that is made between legal and illegal immigrants in the Bible. The laws and traditions of the Ancient Israelites and their neighbors reveal that immigration was as a complex issue then as it remains to be today. Not only does Hoffmeier offer a comprehensive overview from both ancient texts and archaeology, he also presents his conclusions with great wisdom in how they might be applied today. Obviously nations such as our own would be unwise to adopt every law and practice of these ancient theocratic systems. Yet it is hard not to see how adopting some of these principles might move this country forward in finding a solution for the current crisis. Pick up a copy of The Immigration Crisis at your local Christian bookstore or order it from your favorite online retailer.
  2. Douglas McGuire
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 13, 2009
    Douglas McGuire
    Hoffmeier carefully treads were few have ventured. Dr Hoffmeier has provided the careful exegetical basis for an informed decision on the Immigration crisis that is seen in the United States and mirrored, though in various forms, in most nations in the world. He is not afraid to challenge, graciously, the apparent non-biblical positions that pervade the current dialog on the matter.Hoffmeier use of ancient texts, maps, archaeological and anthropological data, in support of his biblical exegesis, makes this work not only useful, but an enjoyable trek through time.I commend this work to anyone who has engaged in the debate over a biblical approach to contemporary immigration policies and to those who are in positions to teach a biblical viewpoint.Excellent work, enjoyable read!!
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