For most persons connected to the academic and professional fields of law and diplomacy - students, teachers, professionals and even lay persons - these are stand-alone fields without any connection to the bible. They view the disciplines of law and diplomacy as mere abstractions of bare academic and professional principles to be taught, learnt and practised as such, without any room for faith or its principles. The outcome of such view has not been so salutary, in my opinion. On the other hand, there are others who are of the view that learning (in any field, including law and diplomacy) should not just be the mere acquisition of knowledge and skills but should also bring about a total change in attitude, mindset, values and lifestyle. For such persons, law and diplomacy or any other field of learning, for that matter, should be taught, learnt and practised from the perspective of their connectedness to the principles of faith. The idea is to train and raise future lawyers and diplomats with the added benefit of a biblical (Christian) perspective from which to view and practise these professions, in the belief that it will produce more conscientious and ethically-minded practitioners. This, obviously, is a road less travelled (or often, not taken at all)! It is, therefore, heartwarming that the writers of this scholarly work have chosen this particular road.
This book - Biblical Foundation of Law and Diplomacy - is a collection of works on the interaction between faith, on one hand, and law and diplomacy, on the other. It tries to x-ray the inter-relationship between faith (biblical) principles and the principles of the professional disciplines of law and diplomacy. The book examines the relatively untapped field of the biblical foundation for the integration of faith and learning, and strongly establishes the biblical foundation of various principles of law and diplomacy. Our contemporary law of evidence, inheritance and property ownership, contract, and other legal concepts such as Equity, Ethics, Justice, Diplomacy, and system of governance are examined from the biblical prism and the inescapable conclusion is that these concepts are not strange to the bible. Rather, their foundations can be traced to the bible.
For “People of the Book” and indeed, every person of faith, Biblical Foundation of Law and Diplomacy will prove to be quite an interesting book as it makes the study (and practice) of law come alive, giving life to otherwise dry, bare and, sometimes, abstract legal concepts from the faith (biblical) perspective. The book is rich, incisive, and expansive in scope and contains a wide range of rare information needed for a successful integration of faith and learning in the noble fields of law and diplomacy. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly commend the book to all Judges, lawyers, law teachers, law students and general readers and researchers as a trove of valuable information on the integration of faith and law/diplomacy.
Hon. Justice C. Chido Nwakanma
High Court of Justice
Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria