Asian-American Biblical Interpretation: Evangelical Voices

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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 (see Chloe Sun, “Recent Research on Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics Related to the Hebrew Bible” CBR 17(3): 258 [238–65]). 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” includes but is not limited to the Confucian-belt countries of origin.

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. For further information, please contact Milton Eng (miltoneng@thirdspaceaa.org) or Max Lee  (mlee1@northpark.edu)


Asian-American Biblical Interpretation: Evangelical Voices 
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
11/18/2022
Room TBD
Theme: Asian American Theology and Evangelicalism Our session will consist of a panel discussion of invited speakers and respondents from the areas of biblical studies, theology, and practical theology to address the tensions and opportunities that Asian American scholars face in evangelical contexts. They will address the tensions and opportunities they experience within their academic disciplines, social-cultural communities, ecclesial contexts, and vocational journeys and share their perspective on the possibilities and pitfalls facing Asian American evangelical theologians. The reviewers’ papers will be available on the IBR website after October 25th under the Research Groups tab at www.ibr-bbr.org (IBR Member login required). Attendees are encouraged to read the papers in advance though drop-ins are welcome. Non-IBR members are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Milton Eng (miltoneng@thirdspaceaa.org) or Max Lee (mlee1@Northpark.edu). It is also hoped that our research group will provide opportunities for mentoring younger and early career evangelical Asian American biblical scholars.

Milton Eng, Third Space Asian America, Presiding (3 min)

Max Lee, North Park Theological Seminary, Presiding (2 min)

May Young, Taylor University
Asian American Theology and Evangelicalism: Old Testament (10 min)

Jordan Ryan, Wheaton College
Asian American Theology and Evangelicalism: New Testament (10 min)

Gregory Lee, Wheaton College
Asian American Theology and Evangelicalism: Systematic Theology (10 min)

Kirsten Oh, Azusa Pacific University
Asian American Theology and Evangelicalism: Practical Theology (10 min)

Soong-Chan Rah, Fuller Theological Seminary, Respondent (15 min)

Break (10 min)

Discussion (50 min)