Asian Theology

This is an introductory Reader’s Guide to Asian Theology. The term is defined here as Christian theology by or about people who identify as Asian, South Asian, or related identity markers including nationality (Asian-American, Korean, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.). The opinions and goals in this body of literature are varied, and there is no single theological representative to rule them all. The purpose of this list is to provide resources that speak from a particular social location and that will contribute to becoming more well-read in this broad area of theological reflection. Special thanks to Dr. Koo Dong Yun for consulting on this list.

  1. Asia Bible Commentary Series.
  2. Centered. Resources for the Asian American Church. Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. https://sparks.fuller.edu/centered/
  3. Centering: The Asian American Christian Podcast. Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. https://soundcloud.com/centeringpodcast
  4. Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2014.
  5. Che-Bin, Tan, “Ethical Particularism as a Chinese Contextual Issue” Pages 262-281 in The Word Among Us: Contextualizing Theology for Mission Today. Edited by Dean S. Gilliland. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1989.
  6. Cheung, Luke L., and Andrew B. Spurgeon. James: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Theology. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  7. Chung, Paul S., Kim Kyoung-Jae, and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, eds. Asian Contextual Theology for the Third Millennium: Theology of Minjung in Fourth-Eye Formation (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 70), Princeton Theological Monograph Series 180. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2017.
  8. deSilva, David. Global Readings: A Sri Lankan Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
  9. Dharmraj, Havilah, and Philip Ewan Yallah. Ruth: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  10. Fernandez, Eleazar F., ed. New Overtures: Asian North American Theology in the 21st Century. Essays in Honor of Fumitaka Matsuoka. Upland, CA: Sopher Press, 2012.
  11. Ferreira, Johan. Micah: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2017.
  12. Foskett, Mary F. and Jeffrey Kah-Jin Kual, eds. Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation. St. Louis: Chalice, 2006.
  13. Gener, Timoteo D., ed. Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives. Carlisle: Langham Publishing, 2019.
  14. George, Roji Thomas. Phillipians: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  15. Gorospe, Athena E., and Charles R. Ringma. Judges: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  16. Hoo, Gilbert Soo, and Sultan Pervaiz. 1, 2, 3 John: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  17. Huat, Leow Theng. What Young Asian Theologians Are Thinking. CSCA Christianity in Southeast Asia Series 7. Singapore: Trinity Theological College, 2014.
  18. Kato, Julius-Kei. How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret their Religion: Asian-American Diasporic Hybridity and its Implications for Hermeneutics. Lewiston, NT: Edwin Mellen, 2012.
  19. Kim, Koowon. 1 Samuel: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  20. Kim, Uriah Y. and Seung Ai Yang, eds. T&T Clark Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics. New York: T&T Clark, 2019
  21. Kim, Yung Suk and Jin-H Kim, eds. Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-First Century: Selected Writings by Ahn Byung-Mu and Modern Critical Responses. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
  22. Ko, Ming Him. Leviticus: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  23. Kwok, Pui Lan. Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.
  24. Lau, Peter H.W. Esther: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  25. Lee, Jung Young. Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
  26. Lee, Sang Hyun, From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  27. Liew, Tat-Sion Benny, What is Asian-American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament. Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies 32. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.
  28. Matsuoka, Fumitaka. Learning to Speak a New Tongue; Imagining a Way That Holds People Together-An Asian American Conversation. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.
  29. ———-. Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 1995.
  30. Modine, Mitchel. Numbers: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  31. Pardue, Stephen T. and Timoteo Gener, eds. Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  32. Phan, Peter C. Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2003.
  33. Rajkumar, Peniel, ed. Asian Thelogy on the Way: Christianity, Culture, and Context. International Study Guides. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  34. Ro, Bong Rin and Ruth Marie Eshaneur. The Bible & Theology in Asian Contexts: An Evangelical Perspective on Asian Theology. Taichung, Taiwan: Asia Theological Association, 1984.
  35. Shao, Joseph Too, and Rosa Ching Shao. Ezra and Nehemiah: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  36. Shao, Rosa Ching. Jonah: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  37. Spurgeon, Andrew B. Romans: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Andrew B. Spurgeon. Carlisle: Langham, 2020.
  38. Sugirtharajah, R. S., Jesus in Asia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018.
  39. Thomaskutty, Johnson ed. An Asian Introduction to the New Testament (Minneapolis: Fortress, forthcoming).
  40. Uytanlet, Samson L., and Kiem-Kiok Kwa. Matthew: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2017.
  41. Villanueva, Frederico G. Lamentations: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  42. ———-. Psalms 1-72: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  43. Wintle, Brian, and Bruce Nicholls. Colossians and Philemon: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  44. Wintle, Brian, ed. South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015
  45. Yee, Gale, “Where are you Really From? An Asian American Feminist Biblical Scholar Reflects on Her Guild.” Pages 79-85, 306-308 in New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views. Edited by Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2010.
  46. Yee, Russell, Worship on the Way: Exploring Asian North American Christian Experience. King of Prussia, PA: Judson, 2012.
  47. Yong, Amos. The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2014.
  48. Yun, Koo Dong. The Holy Spirit and Chi’i (Qi); A Chiological Approach to Pneumatology. Princeton Theological Monograph Series 180. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012.

*This page is a work in progress and will continue to be developed. It is being published now in an effort to collaborate with students and colleagues. If you have suggestions for resources that belong on this page, please leave them in a comment below.

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