To what extent can we apply the Bible’s teachings on loving the immigrant to today’s illegal aliens? How comparable is the Hebrew ger (“immigrant, sojourner, resident alien”) to today’s immigrant?
Refugees at the Austrian-German border, September 2015. Photo: Eweht. Creative Commons License Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International, via Wikimedia Commons.
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Who exactly are the gerim? The best book on this subject is Christiana van Houten’s The Alien in Israelite Law. The Israelites were “aliens” in Egypt, as were the Patriarchs in Canaan. In Moses’ law, the alien is a non-Israelite, as made clear by the roadkill law in Deuteronomy 14:21a: the Israelite must obey the kosher law, but may give the meat to an alien or sell it to a rich foreigner.
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