The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 23, 2006 - Religion - 581 pages
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Winner, 2007 Christianity Today Missions/Global Affairs Book Most Christians would agree that the Bible provides a basis for mission. But Christopher Wright boldly maintains that mission is bigger than that--there is in fact a missional basis for the Bible! The entire Bible is generated by and is all about God's mission. In order to understand the Bible, we need a missional hermeneutic of the Bible, an interpretive perspective that is in tune with this great missional theme. We need to see the "big picture" of God's mission and how the familiar bits and pieces fit into the grand narrative of Scripture. Beginning with the Old Testament and the groundwork it lays for understanding who God is, what he has called his people to be and do, and how the nations fit into God's mission, Wright gives us a new hermeneutical perspective on Scripture. This new perspective provides a solid and expansive basis for holistic mission. Wright emphasizes throughout a holistic mission as the proper shape of Christian mission. God's mission is to reclaim the world--and that includes the created order--and God's people have a designated role to play in that mission.
  

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Review: The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative

User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

A clear, compelling exposition of the biblical/theological basis of the missional church movement. A rare book that combines epic scope with focused prose. Read full review

Review: The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative

User Review  - Robert Durough, Jr. - Goodreads

After a lecture given in 1998, Christopher JH Wright was approached by Anthony Billington and questioned “about the validity of using a missiological framework as a hermeneutical approach to reading ... Read full review

Contents

THE BIBLE AND MISSION
29
Searching for a Missional Hermeneutic
33
Shaping a Missional Hermeneutic
48
THE GOD OF MISSION
71
The Living God Makes Himself Known in Israel
75
The Living God Makes Himself Known in Jesus Christ
105
The Living God Confronts Idolatry
136
THE PEOPLE OF MISSION
189
The Life of Gods Missional People
357
THE ARENA OF MISSION
393
Mission and Gods Earth
397
Mission and Gods Image
421
God and the Nations in Old Testament Vision
454
God and the Nations in New Testament Mission
501
Epilogue
531
Bibliography
537

Gods Elect People Chosen for Blessing
191
Gods Particular People Chosen for All
222
Gods Model of Redemption The Exodus
265
Gods Model of Restoration The Jubilee
289
The Span of Gods Missional Covenant
324

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About the author (2006)

Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-1988) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001. Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International (known in the United States as John Stott Ministries), providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England.

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