Theology of Mission: An Old Testament Perspective

TABLE OF CONTENT

General Introduction 

Chapter One

Universal Mission of Salvation

1.0. Need of Biblical Foundation for the Worldwide Mission Mandate 

1.1.   The ‘How’ of a Biblical Foundation

1.2.   Mission Motifs in the Old Testament

1.2.1.      The Universal Motif 

1.2.1.1.   The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 

1.2.1.2.   God’s Election of Israel with His Eye on the Nations 

1.2.1.3.    Breakthrough of the Universal Motif in Exile

1.2.1.4.   Traces of Universalism in Post-exilic Apocalypticism 

1.2.2.      The Motif of Rescue and Liberation 

1.2.2.1.    Yahweh, the Redeemer of Israel

1.2.2.2.   Yahweh, the Redeemer of the Nations 

1.2.2.3.   God’s Method of Achieving Liberation 

1.2.3.      The Missionary Motif

1.2.4.      The Motif of Antagonism 

2.0. The Living God is a Missionary God 

2.1. The Divine Initiative of Mission 

2.1.1.  The Call of Abraham 

2.1.1.1.   The Theological Movement in Play 

2.1.1.1.1. The Episode of Curse 

2.1.1.1.2. Paradigmatic Episodes in the Primeval History  

2.1.1.1.3. The Tower of Babel and Divine Grace Beyond Judgment  

2.1.1.1.4. The Abraham event 

2.1.2.  Mission as Blessing for All Families on the Earth

2.1.3.  The Promise 

2.2. Reapplications of the Blessing of Abraham

2.2.1.  Psalm 47

2.2.2.  Psalm 72 

2.2.3.  Jeremiah 4,1-2 

2.2.4.  Sirach 44,19-21 

2.2.5.  The Blessing of Abraham in Acts 3,25 

2.2.6.  The Blessing of Abraham in Galatians 3–4 

3.0. Old Testament Gentiles Came to Faith 

3.1. The Three Basic Texts 

3.1.1.  To Proclaim His Plan to Bless the Nations – Genesis 12,1-3 

3.1.2.  To Participate in His Priesthood as Agent of the Blessing – Exodus  19,4-6 

3.1.3.  To Prove His Purpose to Bless All the Nations – Psalm 67 

 

Chapter Two

Community-in-Mission

1.0.  Mission to the Foreigners 

1.1.   Abraham the Archetype

1.2.   A People in the Crucible of the Exodus

1.3.   A Precarious Settlement

1.4.   Exile 

1.5.   Diaspora

2.0. Amos

2.1. Yahweh’s Presence in Zion is Fraught with Dire Responsibility 

2.1.1.      Amos 1,2a 

2.1.2.      Amos 1,2b

2.2. Israel as One of the Nations

2.3. All Belongs to Me

2.4. The Message of Mission in Amos 

3.0. The Book of Jonah

3.1. The Context of the Book of Jonah 

3.2. Internal Structure of the Book of Jonah 

3.2.1.      Jonah Receives Yahweh’s Command

3.2.2.      Yahweh’s Responds to Jonah’s Flight 

3.2.3.      Yahweh’s Instruction to a Large Fish

3.2.4.      Jonah Implores Yahweh to Rescue him

3.2.5.      Yahweh Repeats His Command to Jonah 

3.2.6.      Nineveh’s Response to Jonah’s Appeal 

3.2.7.      The Greatest Hurdle to Missionary Mandate 

3.2.8.      Yahweh Still Teaching His Missionary Lessons 

3.3.         Themes associated with Mission

3.3.1.      Salvation Belongs to Yahweh

3.3.2.      Yahweh Responds to People’s Plea 

3.3.3.      The Confession of Divine Attributes 

3.3.4.      Divine Compassion and Love 

 

Chapter Three

Centripetal and Centrifugal Mission

1.0.  Zion, Centre for World Peace 

1.1.   Mount Zion as the Highest of the Mountains 

1.2.   Mission by Attraction 

1.3.   Torah from Zion 

1.4.   Yahweh Adjudicates between the Nations 

1.5.   The Mission of the House of Jacob 

2.0. The Inclusive Covenant 

2.1. Isaiah 19,16-25 

2.2. Zechariah 14 

2.3. Isaiah 56,1-8 

2.4. Isaiah 66,18-24

3.0. Israel: A Light to the Nations 

3.1. Deutero-Isaiah and Mission 

3.2. The Salvation of Nations and Acknowledgment of Yahweh 

3.2.1.      Isaiah 44:1-5 

3.2.2.      Isaiah 45,22-25 

3.3.        The Role of Israel vis-a-vis the Nations 

3.3.1.      Outside the Songs of the Servant 

3.3.2.      In the Songs of the Servant 

3.3.2.1.  Isaiah 42,1-4 

3.3.2.2.  Isaiah 49,1-6 

3.3.2.3.  Isaiah 52,13–53,12 

 General Conclusion 

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