An Ethic of Hospitality

The Pilgrim Motif in Hebrews and the Refugee Problem in Kenya

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Emily Jeptepkeny Choge
Contrapuntal Readings of the Bible in World Christianity
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , July
     266 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Chris Holmes forthcoming.


In our increasingly xenophobic world, countries are turning away refugees and immigrants. Based on the situation in Kenya, this book offers a countercultural ethic of hospitality and welcome to the stranger, an ethic fraught with dangers and yet filled with great opportunities for transforming our world. Drawing on the scriptural pilgrim motif and specifically on the book of Hebrews, this study paints a picture of refugees not only as needy strangers to be herded into camps, but as brothers and sisters who bring with them treasures and talents that can enrich our understanding of our Christian identity and mission as pilgrims in the world. The hospitality practice seen in Hebrews offers hope and promise not only for refugees themselves but also for the pilgrim church. Like the ancient heroes of faith portrayed in Hebrews, we too live as pilgrims and aliens who await with hope the city whose architect and founder is God. Refugees in fact teach us how to live our pilgrim identity: they become teachers not only for the church in Kenya but also for the body of Christ worldwide.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Emily Jeptepkeny Choge is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Her writing has appeared in many academic journals. She also has contributed to The Global Dictionary of Theology (2008) and Africa Bible Commentary (2006).



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