Walter Kaiser questions the notion that the New Testament represents a deviation from God’s supposed intention to save only the Israelites. He argues that—contrary to popular opinion—the older testament does not reinforce an exclusive redemptive plan. Instead, it emphasizes a common human condition and God’s original and continuing concern for all humanity. Kaiser shows that the Israelites’ mission was always to actively spread the Good News of the promised Messiah to gentiles. This new edition adds two new chapters, freshens material throughout, expands the bibliography, and includes study questions.
Perfect for pastors, teachers, and laypeople seeking scriptural answers to contemporary issues, Mission in the Old Testament provides sound, biblical insight and scholarship. All Scripture passages in this volume link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. You can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, pastors, and theologians have to say.
Mission in the Old Testament challenges the axiom that the Gospel mandate begins with the New Testament. Dr. Kaiser rightly begins with Genesis 1–11 as the opening drama of redemptive history that explains the subsequent developments in the story of salvation. The connecting point between the Testaments is God’s promise to Abraham to include all the clans of the earth in his blessing. The book offers great insights for all concerned with the direction of the church.
—Willem A. VanGemeren, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
In the best tradition of Richard De Ridder, John Stott, Arthur Glasser, John Piper, and Roger Greenway, this book is a much-needed resource for all . . . who want to understand God’s missionary purpose for the church as found in the Old Testament. . . . Clearly, concisely, and captivatingly written, [it] will make a wonderful resource for Bible study groups. It is must-reading for members of congregational outreach, evangelism, and mission committees, and is an outstanding resource for pastors to preach and teach on mission in the Old Testament. . . . The reader will [also] find excellent sources for further study in the footnotes and bibliography. . . . When members of our churches in North America read this book, they will be moved to recommit themselves to God’s mission of world evangelization.
—Charles Van Engen, Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
Kaiser’s work is a welcome contribution to the literature that hopefully will correct popular evangelicalism’s sole reliance upon the New Testament for its mission theology.
Kaiser paints with broad strokes and at the same time provides finer details. His book needs to be read carefully with an open Bible to absorb the rich panorama of God’s mission heart. Christians who study this book will more fully understand the wonder of God’s grace and gain a fuller appreciation of the continuance of God’s mission of love from Old Testament times into our contemporary era.
—Evangelical Missions Quarterly
The book reflects the fact that it is written by a seasoned Old Testament professor and writer. He knows how to make his case so that students and churchmen will appreciate it. . . . The book is a helpful introduction to missionary themes in the Old Testament. Its brevity, its price, and its language should make it attractive to prospective readers.
—Ashland Theological Journal