Important article on the Bible’s distaste of multiculturalism by Dr. Hector Avalos

bi_jugMy Iowa State colleague, Dr. Hector Avalos, has written an article at Bible and Interpretation entitled, “In Praise of The Evil Kings: Latino Ethnic Identity and Biblical Scholarship“, that I encourage everyone to read.

The article addresses the problem of multiculturalism in the Bible, and the disparity between the Bible’s view of multiculturalism and traditional biblical scholarship’s portrayal of the Bible’s view of it.

The article challenges the notion that the prophets were somehow in favor of ethnic and religious pluralism, for while they certainly called on Israel to care for the widows and the orphans, they reserved many of their fiercest condemnations for those who would, in fact, marry foreign peoples or worship foreign gods.

Give it a read.

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