Asian-American Biblical Interpretation: Evangelical Voices

Nov 30, 5–7 pm

Asian American Biblical Interpretation (AABI) has come of age in recent years. Publications continue apace with works as recent as the encyclopedic T&T Clark Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics (2019). In addition, Asian American biblical scholars have now attained the highest and most visible positions in the academy including presidents and deans of seminaries, the presidency of the Association of Theological Schools and even most recently the highest office in our premier guild, President of the SBL. Yet, most of such scholarship and representation has come from non-evangelical or mainline theological schools. Evangelicals are less represented.

This new research group provides a space for Asian American evangelical scholars to engage with, critique, integrate and indeed pave new ground in current approaches in Asian American Biblical Interpretation. The fact that the majority of Asian American Protestants are evangelical makes their voices even more imperative. “Asian American” is understood in its broadest sense to include East, Southeast, South Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Asian American biblical interpretation by its very nature is interdisciplinary. Thus, invited guests will include theologians, historians, sociologists and scholars from other disciplines to inform our research.

Our inaugural year program will consist of invited papers on the theme of “Setting the Table: Asian American Studies, Evangelicals and Biblical Interpretation.” These papers will be available on this page after October 25th (IBR Member login required). Attendees are encouraged to read the papers in advance though drop-ins are welcome. During the session, presenters will summarize their papers in ten minutes allowing for twenty minutes of discussion. Non-IBR members are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Milton Eng (miltoneng@verizon.net) or Max Lee (mlee1@Northpark.edu).

  • Milton Eng, William Paterson University, Presiding (5 min)
  • Max Lee, North Park Theological Seminary, Presiding (5 min)
  • Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University
    Asian American Studies and the Development of Asian American Theology (30 min)
  • Amos Yong, Fuller Seminary
    To the Seven Churches in Asia: An Asian (American) Apocalyptic Hermeneutic after Pentecost (30 min)
  • Janette Ok, Fuller Seminary
    Asian American Biblical Interpretation: Evangelical Engagement and Critique (30 min)
  • Discussion (20 min)