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Migration ethics in Genesis 47:1–12 as a limelight for Nigerian migrants

Favour C. Uroko, Mary J. Obiorah, Success Nnadi
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 42, No 1 | a2188 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v42i1.2188 | © 2021 Favour C. Uroko, Mary J. Obiorah, Success Nnadi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 November 2020 | Published: 27 September 2021

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Favour C. Uroko, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Mary J. Obiorah, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Success Nnadi, Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria; Department of Old Testament and Hebrew Scriptures, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

In Genesis 47, Jacob and his descendants were regularly migrants in Egypt. This article examines this text and its interest in the contemporary migrant crises affecting Nigerians. Findings reveal that Genesis 47 encourages regular migration and discourages irregular migration. The migration ethics in the pericope is contrary to the contemporary migration model adopted by Nigerians. This article concluded that the migrant crises affecting Nigerians occur as a result of the high level of irregular migration ethics adopted by Nigerian migrants. To find a solution to the problem, there should be the provision of adequate enlightenment and information to promote regular migration amongst Nigerians. Nigerian migrants should endeavour to present themselves to the authorities of their destination countries. This research employs the exegetical and phenomenological methods.

Intra/interdisciplinary implications: This research is based on the misunderstood migration ethics in Genesis 47. Contrary to what is obtainable amongst Nigerian migrants, Genesis 47 encourages regular migration. Nigerians, just like Jacob and his descendants, migrated to other countries mainly for economic survival. However, it was discovered that most of the Nigerian migrants are irregular migrants. Disciplines implicated include Old Testament, Cultural Studies, and Sociology.


Keywords

Genesis 47; environmental change; migration ethics; Jacob; Egypt

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