My book on forced displacement and welcome is being prepared for publication

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.


About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (, and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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2 Responses to My book on forced displacement and welcome is being prepared for publication

  1. Hyun C. Kim says:

    Great! I am looking forward to read it.

  2. Peter Altmann says:

    So glad you’ve reached this milestone!

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