c. 1400

We would like to bring to our readers’ disposition a mission theology of the Old Testament. This may surprise some people and they may ask why such a theme of mission in the Old Testament. This may be because either they deny or ignore the theme of mission in the Old Testament. The intention of choosing the theme of mission in the Old Testament is not in any manner meant to be provocative; rather the intention is only to draw attention to a much neglected aspect of the Old Testament theology. Since this topic being one of the much neglected topics in the Old Testament we have made a deliberate attempt to bring out this theology of mission with a heavy reference to scripture. This emphasis is brought to the notice in order to avoid a further misunderstanding that the heaviness in the usage of scriptural text here should in no way lead one to the conclusion that this is an exegetical study of mission from the Old Testament in its purest form. Rather it is a study of the theology of mission from the Old Testament which is well placed within the discipline of Missiology. The reason, if anyone need to ask, why such a heavy usage of scriptural text if it is from the discipline of Missiology is because we are trying to bring out this theology of mission from the Old Testament mainly from the constant journeys which Israel as an individual as well as a nation undertook either by the command of Yahweh or by forced deportation by other nations. Hence to bring to light such a mission theology from the journeys of Israel requires a constant background of the scripture.

 

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