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
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433506076
ISBN-13: 9781433506079

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An estimated twelve to fifteen million people now resideillegally in the United States, posing a major social and legalchallenge to the nation. Americans are divided over the best courseof action in dealing with these illegal immigrants, and Christiansare using the Bible to stake out different positions.

The Immigration Crisis addresses this complex issuethrough a comprehensive look at the Bible. By a careful study ofrelevant materials in the Old Testament, in combination witharchaeological and sociological materials, the author forms a cleardefinition of an alien in Israelite society. This understanding isan important starting point in the current debate.

The book concludes by suggesting how the Bible might assistChristians in thinking about the problem of legal and illegalimmigrants, and in developing the implications of the biblicalteaching for public policy.

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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