Milton Eng, East Coast Project Director for ISAAC, and I are delighted to announce the inaugural session of the newly constituted Asian American Biblical Interpretation research group at the annual meeting of the Institute for Biblical Research (#IBRAABI) and the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, November 2020.
Our first session features plenary papers and a panel discussion with Russell Jeung (San Francisco State University), Amos Yong (Fuller Seminary), and Janette Hur Ok (formerly Asuza Pacific University, now Fuller Seminary). This first session focuses mostly on East AsianAm contexts but will expand in succeeding meetings to include Southeast Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islanders.
We invite all IBR members and friends to attend. The research group mission statement and the session programming is below. Many thanks to Carmen Imes, IBR Research Groups Coordinator, and Lynn H Cohick, IBR President, for their enthusiastic support.
Inaugural Plenary Session for IBR/SBL 2020 ( #IBRAABI2020 ) in Boston
Theme: Setting the Table: Asian American Studies, Evangelicals and Biblical Interpretation
Milton Eng, William Paterson University, Presiding
Max J. Lee, North Park Theological Seminary, Presiding
Welcome and Announcements (10 min)
Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University
Asian American Studies and the Development of Asian American Theology (30 min)
Amos Yong, Fuller Seminary
To the Seven Churches in Asia: An Asian (American) Apocalyptic Hermeneutic after Pentecost (30 min)
Janette Ok, Fuller Seminary
Asian American Biblical Interpretation: Evangelical Engagement and Critique (30 min)
Discussion (20 min)
These papers will be available on the IBR website after October 25th under the Research Groups tab at Member login required). Attendees are encouraged to read the papers in advance though drop-ins are welcome. During the session, presenters will summarize their papers in ten minutes allowing for twenty minutes of discussion. Non-IBR members are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Milton Eng ( or Max Lee (
Research Group Description: This new research group (#IBRAABI) 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 remain 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, sessions will include invited guest theologians, historians, sociologists &scholars from other disciplines to inform our research.
Asian American Biblical Interpretation more broadly 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 &most visible positions in the academy including presidents &deans of seminaries, the presidency of the Association of Theological Schools &even most recently the highest office in our premier guild, President of the SBL.
Yet, most of such scholarship &representation has come from non-evangelical or mainline theological schools. Evangelicals are less represented (see Chloe Sun, 2019). #IBRAABI hopes to fill in the gap on representation in this burgeoning field, explore how it connects with shared issues of concern with African American, Latinx American, and other ethnic American biblical intepreters, and explain why this work is relevant to the mission of the church at large. #AAPIHeritageMonth