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Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible [Paperback]

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Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.66" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687343836  
EAN  9780687343836  


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In the title of this volume, "coyote" refers to human traffickers of illegal aliens and immigrants. Coyote crossing commonly elicit the image of professional mercenary smugglers who prey upon the hopes and dreams of illegal aliens. However, among immigrants themselves, the overwhelming view of coyotes is positive. Smith-Christopher uses this very provocative, yet biblical paradox as the central and effective metaphor in the book. Jonah and Jesus were reviled for the same reason - they crossed boundaries, they met the "other," and they brought them over. They rejected man-made and fear-based boundaries that exclude rather than embrace.

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An original, powerful, and programmatic reading of the Bible that emphasizes the biblical call to peacemaking

Smith-Christopher shows us that biblical peacemaking recognizes and then crosses or runs borders. All too often, borders and other imaginary lines drawn between groups of people have a way of becoming the basis for conflict, bigotry, and ultimately, war. Danger signs are evident when people use borders to talk about the goodness of everyone within our border, and the evil of everyone over there. Modern social commentators use the phrase the other to refer to the tendency of human groups to develop a positive image of themselves by contrasting it with negative images of others.

Smith-Christopher states that when this happens, it is important for us to remind ourselves that it is a profoundly biblical lesson that making peace between groups of people often requires that somebody must be willing to intentionally cross the borders that separate groups. In this book, he argues that the Bible teaches Christians that they are this somebody. Crossing boundaries is a biblical mandate, and the foundation of peacemaking.

About the title: Coyote in modern parlance refers to human traffickers of illegal aliens and immigrants. Coyote crossings commonly elicit the image of professional mercenary smugglers who prey upon the hopes and dreams of illegal aliens. However, among immigrants themselves, the overwhelming view of Coyotes is positive. Daniel Smith-Christopher uses this paradox, this provocative image, a very biblical paradox, he adds, as the central and effective metaphor in the book. Jonah and Jesus are reviled for the same reason, he says: they crossed boundaries, they met the other, and they brought them over. They thumbed their noses at man-made and fear-based boundaries that exclude rather than embrace.

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More About Daniel L. Smith-Christopher

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DANIEL L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER is a professor in the Department of Theological Studies and a director of Peace Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Daniel Smith-Christopher currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California. Daniel Smith-Christopher has an academic affiliation as follows - Loyola Marymount University.

Daniel Smith-Christopher has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Faith Meets Faith
  2. Overtures to Biblical Theology


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A well thoughtt out piece on justice and what it means to be a Christian  Nov 2, 2008
An excellent read and food for thought. It is well done by a brilliant and dedicated Christian. It causes one to think from a prospective other than a canned read of the Bible and traditional thought.
 

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