This engaging study provides a new way of looking at Scripture—one that takes seriously the biblical idea of mission. Richard Bauckham shows how God identifies himself with particular individuals or people in human history in order to be known by all. He is the God of Abraham, Israel, and David and, finally, the one who acts through Jesus Christ.
Bauckham applies these insights to the contemporary scene, encouraging those involved in mission to be sensitive to postmodern concerns about globalization while at the same time emphasizing the uniqueness of Christian faith. In doing so, he demonstrates the diversity of Christian faith around the world. This book will be rewarding reading for pastors, lay readers, and students of Scripture, mission, and postmodernism.
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The events and aftermath of 9/11 have renewed the case against missionary activity, which so many critics already relegated to the dark corridors of church history on account of the Crusades, the deployment of Christian mission in the service of imperialism, and the more recent valuing of pluralism and diversity. Without minimizing the force of these criticisms, Bauckham nonetheless urges that the narrative of Christian Scripture is inescapably missiological and sets out to show us how to read the Bible so as to take seriously its missionary direction. The result is a programmatic reading of Scripture, by one who is fully at home in its pages, that exemplifies the craft of wise engagement with Scripture in relation to a postmodern, globalized world.
—Joel B. Green, Asbury Theological Seminary
How do biblical concepts of the universal mission of God’s people engage today’s ‘cultures of progress’? I warmly commend this beautifully brief but utterly masterful and penetrating guide.
—Max Turner, London Bible College
There are many books that take a biblical look at mission. There almost none that take a mission-centered look at the whole Bible, but that is exactly what Bauckham does here, with outstanding clarity. This is a book of biblical hermeneutics from an angle you may never have considered before and with powerful contemporary relevance.
—Chris Wright, International Ministries director, Langham Partnership International
Richard Bauckham (PhD, University of Cambridge) is senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He is also a visiting professor at St. Mellitus College, London, and emeritus professor of New Testament at the University of St. Andrews. Bauckham is a fellow of the British Academy and the author of numerous books, including Gospel of Glory, The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, The Jewish World around the New Testament, and Jesus and the Eyewitnesses.