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From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race
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From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race


IVP, Apollos 2003

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“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language . . . .” (Revelation 7:9). The visions in the book of Revelation give a glimpse of the people of God at the consummation of history—a multiethnic congregation gathered together in worship around God’s throne. Its racial diversity is expressed in a four-fold formula that first appears in Genesis 10.

J. Daniel Hays suggests the theme of race runs throughout Scripture, constantly pointing to the global and multi-ethnic dimensions inherent in the overarching plan of God, in response to the neglect of this theme in much evangelical Biblical scholarship. As well as focusing on texts which have a general bearing on race, he demonstrates that black Africans from Cush (Ethiopia) play an important role in both Old and New Testament history. This careful, nuanced analysis provides a clear theological foundation for life in contemporary multiracial cultures and challenges churches to pursue racial unity in Christ.

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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology


  • Introduction
  • The Ethnic Make-Up of the Old Testament World
  • Creation, Blessing, and Race (Genesis 1–12)
  • Israel, the Torah, Foreigners, and Intermarriage
  • Israel and Black Africa during the Monarchy
  • Racial Issues in the Prophets
  • The Ethnic Make-Up of the New Testament World
  • Race and the Theology of Luke–Acts
  • Race, Pauline Theology, and the Apocalypse
  • Conclusions and Applications

Praise for the Print Edition

J. Daniel Hays is able simultaneously to make us long for the new heaven and the new earth, when men and women from every tongue and tribe and people and nation will gather around the One who sits on the throne and the Lamb, and to make us blush with shame when we recognize afresh that already the church of Jesus Christ is to be an outpost in this fallen world of that consummated kingdom. This book deserves the widest circulation and the most thoughtful reading, for it corrects a fair bit of erroneous scholarship while calling Christians to reform sinful attitudes.

—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Hays’ book is an important step in both compelling us to embrace Scripture’s vision of multi-ethnic people of God as well compelling us to work for practical expressions of this vision in our own churches.

Evangelical Review of Theology

Product Details

  • Title: From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race
  • Authors: J. Daniel Hays
  • Editor: D.A. Carson
  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (NSBT)
  • Publisher: IVP UK
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Biblical Theology

About J. Daniel Hays

J. Daniel Hays is chair of the department of biblical studies and theology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He and his family have worked previously as missionaries in Ethiopia. He is author or editor of The Message of the Prophets, and coauthor of Grasping God’s Word and Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times.

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