Missionary and academic addresses timely questions with biblical wisdom


April 15, 2021


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What Does the Bible Say About Strangers, Migrants and Refugees?

By vănThanh Nguyễn SVD
Published April 26, 2021
Paperback, priced $16.95
E-book, priced $9.99

ISBN: 978-1-56548-376-7

Today’s headlines of the immigrant’s plight continue a saga that has challenged generations for centuries. In What Does the Bible Say About Strangers, Migrants and Refugees, author vănThanh Nguyễn SVD explores the wisdom of Scripture about migration and covers a multitude of correlating topics.

A leading scholar of the New Testament, Father vănThanh offers a response to anti-immigrant sentiments and racial tensions, showing a path of mercy and charity. Strangers, Migrants and Refugees, which is part of a book series, gives clarity to subjects related to migration, such as asylum seekers, human trafficking, victims of war and violence, legal and illegal immigration, effects of climate change, and walls and borders.

Each chapter focuses on a contemporary problem, a modern tale, applicable biblical stories—highlighting the connection between today’s social issues and God’s word—and questions that can be used in a group setting or by individual readers who seek greater reflection.

“This book was a joy to edit, not only because the author, Father vănThanh Nguyễn, is a biblical expert who mined the Bible well for pertinent passages, but also because he offered his personal experience as an immigrant and refugee from Vietnam,” said Father Ronald Witherup PSS, superior general of the Society of the Priests of Saint-Sulpice and the series’ editor. “The text is lively, enticing, and filled with sound advice on why we need to welcome the strangers in our midst.”

What Does the Bible Say About Strangers, Migrants and Refugees is available through Amazon at

About the Author:

FATHER VĂNTHANH NGUYỄN, SVD, professor of New Testament Studies and the Francis X. Ford, MM, Chair of Catholic Missiology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, is the author of Peter and Cornelius (2012), Stories of Early Christianity (2013), God’s People on the Move (co-editor, 2014), and “Acts” in The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the 21st Century (forthcoming in 2021/2). He is a member of the Society of the Divine Word, the Catholic Church’s largest missionary congregation.

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