I have just submitted my final manuscript to SBL Press: “Family for the Displaced: A New Paradigm for the Gēr (Stranger) in Deuteronomy.” I understand that the book will be out around October 2018. Here is a summary that will be used for marketing:
65 million people are forcibly displaced globally. With the rise of protectionist politics in Western nations, faith communities are seeking resources that may assist them in understanding scriptural ethics on forced migration and welcome. Deuteronomy addresses social contexts of widespread displacement. How does Deuteronomy intervene in this ancient social reality? In this book Mark R. Glanville investigates how Deuteronomy is fostering the integration of the stranger as kindred into the community of Yahweh. According to Deuteronomy, displaced people are to be enfolded within the household, within the clan, and within the nation. Deuteronomy demonstrates the immense creativity that communities may invest in enfolding displaced and vulnerable people, nourishing inclusivism through social law, law of judicial procedure, communal feasting, and covenant renewal texts. Deuteronomy’s call to include the stranger as kindred presents nation-states with an opportunity and a responsibility to reimagine themselves and their disposition toward displaced strangers today. This study contributes to the scholarly discussion within the study of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) on the ‘stranger’, ethnicity, identity, Deuteronomy, and biblical law.