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

Crossway Books & Bibles / 2009 / Paperback

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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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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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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