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The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible [Paperback]

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Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1433506076  
EAN  9781433506079  


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Addresses one of the most complex social and legal challenges of the twenty-first century from a biblical perspective. An estimated twelve to fifteen million people now reside illegally in the United States, posing a major social and legal challenge to the nation. Americans are divided over the best course of action in dealing with these illegal immigrants, and Christians are using the Bible to stake out different positions. The Immigration Crisis addresses this complex issue through a comprehensive look at the Bible. By a careful study of relevant materials in the Old Testament, in combination with archaeological and sociological materials, the author forms a clear definition of an alien in Israelite society. This understanding is an important starting point in the current debate. The book concludes by suggesting how the Bible might assist Christians in thinking about the problem of legal and illegal immigrants, and in developing the implications of the biblical teaching for public policy.

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An estimated twelve to fifteen million people now reside illegally in the United States, posing a major social and legal challenge to the nation. Americans are divided over the best course of action in dealing with these illegal immigrants, and Christians are using the Bible to stake out different positions.

The Immigration Crisis addresses this complex issue through a comprehensive look at the Bible. By a careful study of relevant materials in the Old Testament, in combination with archaeological and sociological materials, the author forms a clear definition of an alien in Israelite society. This understanding is an important starting point in the current debate.

The book concludes by suggesting how the Bible might assist Christians in thinking about the problem of legal and illegal immigrants, and in developing the implications of the biblical teaching for public policy.

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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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Balanced Biblical Interpretation  Apr 1, 2010
A great book for those wanting to use the Bible as their basis for entering the immigration discussion. Though many view ancient borders as open with immigrants moving at will, Hoffmeier presents a solid case that borders were well defined and that aliens wishing to live within a country needed to do so lawfully to be assimilated into the community. Hoffmeier also stresses the need to obey laws and to view governments, even bad governments, as ordained of God. Christians are encouraged to attempt to legally change laws that they disagree with, but not to circumvent the law if it does not clearly force citizens to break God's law. Hoffmeier speaks with academic authority as a professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern archaeology, as well as being an immigrant himself.
 
Biblically sound and consistent  Jan 26, 2010
This is the best book I've found on the topic of immigration from a Christian perspective, and the only one that adequately deals with the "law and order" side of the question. Clearly the Bible says we should look after the less fortunate, including the alien. But what about other biblical teachings having to do with respecting the laws of the land? Liberal Christians tend to come down in favor of ignoring our immigration laws and providing sanctuary. In contrast, conservative Christians often emphasize security and law enforcement. How does the thinking Christian reconcile those positions? This book, which focuses on the different meanings behind the different Hebrew words that are translated variously as "alien," "sojourner," and "foreigner," presents the most biblically sound and consistent argument.
 
Book Review - The Immigration Crisis  Oct 8, 2009
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.
 
Facts, not sentimentality!  Aug 12, 2009
This is a brilliant book -- well written & well documented. Hoffmeier, an Old Testament scholar, knows his Bible & his ancient history. He has put together an excellent analysis of what the Bible actually says about immigration & the status of aliens. It is a response to much religious writing(both from the liberal mainline as well as the Evangelical Left) that tries to lay a guilt trip on those who want enforcement of immigration laws. Hoffmeier's argument centers on two main points: 1. the Bible teaches that national borders are legitimate & nations have a right to control their borders, & 2. the word in the OT translated "alien" referred to legally admitted alien, not a foreigner passing through, visiting,or staying illegally. Many on the pro-illegal side try to blur this distinction & misuse Bible verses that refer to "aliens." This book is an important resource for Christians who are concerned about the illegal immigration issue. He knocks the arguments of the pro-illegal side into the proverbial cocked hat!
 
Finally and Answer!  May 13, 2009
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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