M. Daniel Carroll Rodas – The Bible and Borders

I was leaving the South
to fling myself into the unknown…
I was taking a part of the South
to transplant in alien soil,
to see if it could grow differently,
if it could drink of new and cool rains,
bend in strange winds,
respond to the warmth of other suns
and, perhaps, to bloom. (Richard Wright, Black Boy)

The sentiment of Wright’s words is one that resonates deeply with immigrants everywhere. Immigration brings an acute awareness of our connections to land, to food, to culture––things we all take for granted until we uproot and transplant ourselves, and then attempt to bloom in foreign soil. In this episode, M. Daniel Carroll R. guides us through what the Bible has to say about immigration as he and Erin discuss his new book, The Bible and Borders. Carroll Rodas has been speaking and writing about immigration for the better part of the past twenty years, and brings a wealth of personal experience and scholarly wisdom to the conversation.

Guest: M. Daniel Carroll Rodas is the Scripture Press Ministries Chair of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy at Wheaton College, where he was previously Blanchard Professor of Old Testament. Prior to his time at Wheaton he was a Professor of Old Testament for many years at Denver Seminary, and he also taught at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA). Carroll is half-Guatemalan and was raised in a bilingual and bicultural household, and spent many summers in Guatemala in his youth. The realities and challenges of politics, poverty, and war in Central America fostered his passion for the Old Testament texts and Old Testament social ethics. Carroll is also the author of the NICOT commentary on Amos (Eerdmans, 2020), and an earlier book on immigration, Christians at the Border (Baker, 2008).

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