Examples of Scholarship on Diversity
and Biblical Justice by Authors of Color

The vast amount of scholarship written by authors of color can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend the following works, which address issues of diversity and/or biblical justice.

Biblical Studies

Carroll R., M. Daniel. The Bible and Borders: Hearing God’s Word on Immigration. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2020.

De La Torre, Miguel A. Reading the Bible from the Margins. Maryknoll: NY: Orbis, 2002.

Echevarria, Miguel G. Jr. “Middleton and Wright Have We Loved, but Padilla and Escobar? North American Eschatologies and Neglected Latino Voices.” Southeastern Theological Review 11, no. 2 (2020): 47–62.

Edwards, Dennis R. Might from the Margins: The Gospel’s Power to Turn the Tables on Injustice. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald, 2020.

Goh, Elaine W. F. “‘She Is More Bitter Than Death’: Reading Ecclesiastes 7:23–8:1 as an Asian Chinese.” Pages 115–26 in Reading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika. Edited by Peter H. W. Lau and Jione Havea. International Voices in Biblical Studies 10. Atlanta: SBL, 2020.

Gorospe, Athena E. “Overseas Filipino Workers.” Evangelical Review of Theology 31.4 (2007): 369–75.

Katho, (Robert) Bungishabaku. Reading Jeremiah in Africa: Biblical Essays in Sociopolitical Imagination. Bukuru: Hippo, 2021.

Keener, Craig, and M. Daniel Carroll R., eds. Global Voices: Reading the Bible in the Majority World. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2013.

Lau, Peter H. W. “A Reading of Ecclesiastes 8:1–9 in Malaysia.” Pages 127–40 in Reading Ecclesiastes from Asia and Pasifika. Edited by Peter H. W. Lau and Jione Havea. International Voices in Biblical Studies 10. Atlanta: SBL, 2020.

Lee, Eunny P. “Ruth the Moabite: Identity, Kinship, and Otherness.” Pages 89–101 in Engaging the Bible in a Gendered World: An Introduction to Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Honor of Katharine Doob Sakenfeld. Edited by Linda Day and Carolyn Pressler. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.

Lee, Max J. “Reading the Bible Interculturally: An Invitation to the Evangelical Covenant Church and Evangelical Christianity.” The Covenant Quarterly 73, no. 2 (2015): 4–14.

McCaulley, Esau. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2020.

Song, Angeline. “Not Just a Bimbo: A Reading of Esther by a Singaporean Immigrant in Aotearoa New Zealand.” Pages 131–46 in Sea of Readings: The Bible in the South Pacific. Edited by Jione Havea. Atlanta, GA: SBL, 2018.

Williams, Jarvis J. Redemptive Kingdom Diversity: A Biblical Theology of the People of God. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021.

Theology, Missiology, and Church History

Bacote, Vincent E. The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life. Ordinary Theology Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.

Bantu, Vince. A Multitude of All Peoples: Engaging Ancient Christianity’s Global Identity. Missiological Engagements. Downers Grove: IVP, 2020.

Bantu, Vince L., ed. Gospel Haymanot: A Constructive Theology and Critical Reflection on African and Diasporic Christianity. Chicago: Urban Ministries, 2020.

Ellis, Carl F. Jr. Free at Last: The Gospel in the African American Experience. 2d ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1996.

Fields, Bruce L. Introducing Black Theology: Three Crucial Questions for the Evangelical Church. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.

Oredein, Oluwatomisin. “Distinction and Desire: Racial Reconciliation as a White Ecclesial Project.” American Baptist Quarterly 36 (2017): 261–81.

Padilla DeBorst, Ruth. “‘At the Table Their Eyes Were Opened’: Mission as Renouncing Power and Being Hosted by the Stranger.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 39 (2015): 198–202.

Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2009.

Romero, Robert Chao. Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2020.

Sechrest, Love L., Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, and Amos Yong, eds. Can “White” People Be Saved?: Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission. Missiological Engagements 12. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018.

Tiénou, Tite.  “Christian Theology in an Era of World Christianity.” Pages 37–51 in Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity. Edited by Craig Ott and Harold A. Netland. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006.

Waters, Kenneth L. Sr. “Eucharist and Global Reconciliation: A Liturgical Vision of Social Transformation.” Quarterly Review 22 (2002): 248–60.

Yeh, Allen, and Tite Tiénou, eds. Majority World Theologies: Theologizing from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Ends of the Earth. Evangelical Missiological Society Book 26. Littleton, CO: William Carey, 2018.