Asian-American Biblical Interpretation: Evangelical Voices

  Conveners: Milton Eng, Max Lee      Email conveners

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 session for 2021 will consist of invited papers on the theme of “Asian American Evangelical Interpretation: For the Church and the Academy From the Ground Up.” We are inviting as paper presenters Asian American biblical scholars who teach in evangelical schools and who have recently authored works within the past five years. Their work will be summarized and our panel discussion with Q&A with be multi-faceted. First, what might evangelical, Asian and American biblical interpretation look like? Second, how do these examples speak to the evangelical church as a whole and the Asian American church in particular? Third, how do these present works contribute towards an overall interpretive methodology? It is also hoped that our research group will provide opportunities for mentoring younger and early career evangelical Asian American biblical scholars. For more information, contact the conveners.