This collection brings together legal scholars and Christian theologians for an interdisciplinary conversation responding to the challenges of global migration.

Gathering 14 leading scholars from both law and Christian theology, the book covers legal perspectives, theological perspectives, and key concepts in migration studies. In Part 1, scholars of migration law and policy discuss the legal landscape of migration at both the domestic and international level. In Part 2, Christian theologians, ethicists, and biblical scholars draw on the resources of the Christian tradition to think about migration. In Part 3, each chapter is co-authored by a scholar of law and a scholar of Christian theology, who bring their respective resources and perspectives into conversation on key themes within migration studies.

The work provides a truly interdisciplinary introduction to the topic of migration for those who are new to the subject; an opportunity for immigration lawyers and legal scholars to engage Christian theology; an opportunity for pastors and Christian theologians to engage law; and new insights on key frameworks for scholars who are already committed to the study of migration.

chapter |8 pages


Law and theology in the age of migration

part 1|135 pages

The law of migration

chapter 1|18 pages

Exclusion, admission, and deportation

Categorical evolution and normative challenges

chapter 2|22 pages

The institutionalization of inequality

Lower-skilled and undocumented workers in immigration law

chapter 3|18 pages

In defense of chain migration

chapter 5|18 pages


Sites of exclusion, sites of engagement

part 2|104 pages

Theology and migration

chapter 8|18 pages

Different kinds of foreignness

The Hebrew Bible's terminology for foreigners

chapter 9|14 pages

Embrace, ambivalence, and theoxenia

New Testament perspectives on hospitality to strangers

chapter 11|17 pages

When the poor knock on our door

A theological response to unwanted migration

chapter 12|18 pages

The theopolitics of the migrant

Toward a coalitional and comparative political theology

chapter 13|19 pages

Migration, social responsibility, and moral imagination

Resources from Christian ethics