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From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race (New Studies in Biblical Theology) Paperback – August 12, 2003
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Hays book is an important step in both compelling us to embrace Scriptures vision of multi-ethnic people of God as well compelling us to work for practical expressions of this vision in our own churches. (Evangelical Review of Theology, July 2007)
"J. Daniel Hays is able simultaneously to make us long for the new heaven and the new earth, when men and women from every tongue and tribe and people and nation will gather around the One who sits on the throne and the Lamb, and to make us blush with shame when we recognize afresh that already the church of Jesus Christ is to be an outpost in this fallen world of that consummated kingdom. This book deserves the widest circulation and the most thoughtful reading, for it corrects a fair bit of erroneous scholarship while calling Christians to reform sinful attitudes." (D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois))
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Hays (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is chair of the department of biblical studies and theology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He and his family have worked previously as missionaries in Ethiopia. He is also a coauthor of Grasping God's Word (Zondervan).
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However in reading through it, I realized that Hays' focus is a quite limited in that he seems to be working from a primarily an American point of view, more specifically regarding racial tensions between Blacks and Whites. Many of his chapters thus focus on the Black African race in the Bible e.g. Cushites, Ethiopians, Nigerians. But soon it left me wondering if there's more to a "theology of race" than a biblical commentary on Blacks-Whites history in America.
That racial tension is very important; I don't want to downplay that. But there's much more to racial theology than blacks or whites.
How about theological implications for...Latinos? or Asians? How about the Sudanese civil war? Or ethnocentrism? Ethnic issues to stage a book on a theology of race extend far beyond black/whites. Starting with a base of more global concerns would seem to be a better (by better, I mean broader) context to talk about race as they are as much players in global Christianity today and in the future as Whites or Blacks.
Sure, covering these issues might have ranged beyond a foundational text on race, or at least the author's intention on it... I just think it's limiting to read a book on theology of race being primarily focused on Black-White tensions.
An appropriate subtitle should have been "A biblical theology of American racial tensions". And for a reader interested in racial tensions and issues that affect the Global Church and not just the American church (because race is not just our concern), this book was less than satisfying.
From Every People and Nation is todate the finest work I've encountered on the subject. It is well written, evincing compelling exegesis of the relevant biblical texts and moves along redemptive historical lines. The conclusions Hayes draws are sober, sane, and sagacious. From Every People and Nation will long stand as in invaluable resource to any preacher, missionary, or Christian worker struggling for ways to formulate a thoughtful, relevant, theology of race in the postmodern era. It is a shot in the arm and invaluable suppliment to the many woefully inadequate biblical anthropologies and ecclesiologies of our day.
Oh, how I wish that this book would come to enjoy a wide circulation. It should be required reading in every seminary and bible college in the country!
Some people may not like it because they want the bible to be racist.
Hays writes from personal expeirence of race issues, and has carefully researched the biblical corpus on this topic.
The New Studies in Biblical Theology series, edited by Don Carson, contains many terrific books, of which this is one of the most interesting that I have read, though I eagerly await the opportunity to delve into more of them.
At the tiem of writing there are 21 in the series, including several beauties from fair dinkum Aussie authors.
Another book that complements this one is Yamauchi's Africa and the Bible.
The author primarily focuses on the black race and shows how they are mentioned and have a part in Biblical history. This study focuses on three words that we need so see as black people and they are Ethopians, Nubians, and Cushites. Hays clearly shows Cushites having a role in Scripture that is not often recognized. The point of this work is to show that a blended church that worships together should be our goal, because this is the worship of God's future.