You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself addresses the complex political, legal, and humanitarian challenges raised by asylum-seekers and refugees from a Biblical perspective. The book explores the themes of humanity and justice through exegesis of relevant passages in the Old and New Testaments, skillfully woven into accounts of contemporary refugee situations. Applying Biblical analysis to one of the most pressing humanitarian concerns of modern times, Houston creates a timely work that will be of interest to students and scholars of theology, religion, and human rights.
"At a time when migration is increasing worldwide and the backlash against outsiders is growing, we need an informed and experienced voice to offer direction. Fleur Houston guides us through the labyrinth of terms and current legislation related to refugees and asylum-seekers to expose the crushing obstacles these individuals face as they look for a safe haven. More importantly, the author connects these issues to the Bible and Christian faith and identity. Learned and compelling, You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself is an important contribution to current debates."
M. Daniel Carroll Rodas, PhD, Denver Seminary, USA
"The 21st Century has seen a shocking rise of racism and a cold resentment directed toward the most vulnerable peoples—millions of whom are desperately fleeing violence and hunger. In this work, Houston offers an impressively measured, yet prophetically stirring, analysis of how these modern crises call on Western Christians to re-engage Biblical themes of displacement, treatment of the stranger, and even the central Biblical stories of Exodus refugees, Exilic displacement, and a refugee Messiah. Houston's work is a striking example of informed Biblical analysis fueled by an equally informed indignation about the modern suffering of others. This is an important work."
Daniel Smith-Christopher, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, USA
"…an extermely helpful resource for anyone looking to reflect on the refugee crisis from a relitious perspective, through careful bible scholarship."
Bob Janis-Dillon, Faith and Freedom, Volume 69
"…H. here weaves together both the Bible and the pressing issue of refugees and asylum in the contemporary world…Throughout, it is clear that H. is an advocate of refugee rights and offers a sustained critique of current practice, including some well-intentioned forms of philanthropy which may make the problem worse."
David G. Firth, SOTS Book List 2017 (JSOT 41.5)
Preface Abbreviations 1. INTRODUCTION 2. A WORLD OF REFUGEES 3. ASYLUM 4. THE STRANGER IN YOUR MIDST 5. HOW TO SING THE LORD’S SONG IN A STRANGE LAND? 6. A STAKE IN THE PLACE 7. JESUS 8. WELCOMING THE STRANGER Chapter 9. CONCLUSION Bibliography Index of biblical references Index