Asian Theology

An Introductory Reader’s Guide to Asian Theology, by Dr. Terance Espinoza.

The term “Asian Theology” is defined here as Christian theology by or about people who identify as Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Island, 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. Ahn, John. Landscapes of Korean and Korean American Biblical Interpretation. International Voices in Biblical Theology 10. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019.
  2. Arnold, Bill T. and John H. Choi, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  3. Arnold, Bill T. and John H. Choi, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  4. Asia Bible Commentary Series.
  5. Centered. Resources for the Asian American Church. Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. https://sparks.fuller.edu/centered/
  6. Centering: The Asian American Christian Podcast. Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. https://soundcloud.com/centeringpodcast
  7. Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2014.
  8. ———-. Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community. Downers Grover: InterVarsity, 2009.
  9. ———-. Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1998.
  10. 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.
  11. Chen, Diane G. God as Father in Luke-Acts. Studies in Biblical Literature 92. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
  12. ———-. The Gospel of Luke. New Covenant Commentary Series. Edited by Michael F. Bird and Craig S. Keener. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017.
  13. Chen, Kevin S. The Messianic Vision of the Pentateuch. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2019.
  14. Cheung, Luke L., and Andrew B. Spurgeon. James: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Theology. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  15. Choi, John H. Traditions at Odds: The Reception of the Pentateuch in Biblical and Second Temple Period Literature. The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies. New York: T&T Clark, 2019.
  16. 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.
  17. deSilva, David. Global Readings: A Sri Lankan Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
  18. Dharmraj, Havilah, and Philip Ewan Yallah. Ruth: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  19. 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.
  20. Ferreira, Johan. Micah: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2017.
  21. Foskett, Mary F. and Jeffrey Kah-Jin Kual, eds. Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation. St. Louis: Chalice, 2006.
  22. Fuller, Russell T. and Kyoungwon Choi. Invitation to Biblical Hebrew Syntax: An Intermediate Grammar. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2017.
  23. ———-. Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006.
  24. Gener, Timoteo D., ed. Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives. Carlisle: Langham Publishing, 2019.
  25. George, Roji Thomas. Philippians: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  26. Gorospe, Athena E., and Charles R. Ringma. Judges: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  27. Gupta, Nijay. Paul and the Language of Faith. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020.
  28. ———-. Reading Philippians: A Theological Introduction. Eugene: Cascade, 2020.
  29. ———-. Worship that Makes Sense to Paul: A New Approach to the Theology of Paul’s Cultic Metaphors. BZNW. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010.
  30. 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.
  31. Huat, Leow Theng. What Young Asian Theologians Are Thinking. CSCA Christianity in Southeast Asia Series 7. Singapore: Trinity Theological College, 2014.
  32. 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.
  33. Khiok-khng, Yeo. What Has Jerusalem Have to Do with Beijing? Biblical Interpretation from a Chinese Perspective. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity International Press, 1998.
  34. Kim, Koowon. 1 Samuel: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  35. Kim, Matthew D. and Daniel L. Wong. Finding Our Voice: A Vision for Asian North American Preaching. Bellingham, Wa.: Lexham Press, 2020.
  36. Kim, Uriah Y. and Seung Ai Yang, eds. T&T Clark Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics. New York: T&T Clark, 2019.
  37. Kim, Uriah Y. Identity and Loyalty in the David Story: A Postcolonial Reading. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.
  38. 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.
  39. Ko, Ming Him. Leviticus: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  40. Kwok, Pui Lan. Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.
  41. Lau, Peter H.W. Esther: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  42. Lee, Hak Joon. Intersecting Realities: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual-Moral Life of Young Asian Americans. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018.
  43. Lee, Jung Young. Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
  44. Lee, Sang Hyun, From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  45. 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.
  46. Matsuoka, Fumitaka. Learning to Speak a New Tongue; Imagining a Way That Holds People Together-An Asian American Conversation. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.
  47. ———-. Out of Silence: Emerging Themes in Asian American Churches. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 1995.
  48. Modine, Mitchel. Numbers: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2018.
  49. Ok, Janette. Constructing Ethnic Identity in 1 Peter: Who You Are No Longer. LNTS 645. T&T Clark, 2021.
  50. Pardue, Stephen T. and Timoteo Gener, eds. Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  51. Park, Sung Jin. The Fundamentals of HEbrew Accents: Divisions and Exegetical Roles Beyond Syntax. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  52. Phan, Peter C. Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2003.
  53. Rajkumar, Peniel, ed. Asian Theology on the Way: Christianity, Culture, and Context. International Study Guides. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. Shao, Rosa Ching. Jonah: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  57. Spurgeon, Andrew B. Romans: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Andrew B. Spurgeon. Carlisle: Langham, 2020.
  58. Sugirtharajah, R. S., Jesus in Asia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018.
  59. Sun, Chloe. “Recent Research on Asian and Asian American Hermeneutics Related to the Hebrew Bible.” Currents in Biblical Research 17 (2019): 238-265.
  60. Tan, Jonathan Y. Introducing Asian American Theologies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2008.
  61. Thomaskutty, Johnson ed. An Asian Introduction to the New Testament (Minneapolis: Fortress, forthcoming).
  62. Tirimanna, Visal. “Asian Theology.” The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology. Edited by Lewis Ayres and Medi Ann Volpe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  63. Uytanlet, Samson L., and Kiem-Kiok Kwa. Matthew: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2017.
  64. Villanueva, Frederico G. Lamentations: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  65. ———-. Psalms 1-72: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2016.
  66. Vondey, Wolfgang and Martin William Mittelstadt. The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship. Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  67. Wintle, Brian, and Bruce Nicholls. Colossians and Philemon: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Asia Bible Commentary. Edited by Frederico G. Villanueva. Carlisle: Langham, 2019.
  68. Wintle, Brian, ed. South Asia Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary on the Whole Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015
  69. 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.
  70. Yee, Russell, Worship on the Way: Exploring Asian North American Christian Experience. King of Prussia, PA: Judson, 2012.
  71. Yong, Amos. The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2014.
  72. ———-. Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012.
  73. ———-. Pneumatology and the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue: Does the Spirit Blow through the Middle Way? Studies in Systematic Theology 11. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  74. ———-. In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology – The Cadbury Lectures 2009. Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age Series. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  75. 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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