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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.
"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
Professor Richard Bauckham (Ph.D. Cambridge; D.D, F.B.A, F.R.S.E.,) is Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he was professor of New Testament studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is a fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Prof. Bauckham has published widely in theology, historical theology and New Testament. He is currently working on New Testament Christology and the Gospel of John.
Prof. Bauckham's originality in defending both the historical Jesus and his divine identity has set a new standard in the academic world, most notably in his groundbreaking publications Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony and Jesus and the God of Israel: "God Crucified" and Other Essays on the New Testament's Christology of Divine Identity
After his acclaimed and award winning commentary on Jude, 2 Peter (Word Biblical Commentary) and his interest in the Gospel of John, the arrival of his The Gospel of John in both the New International Greek New Testament Commentary and in Two Horizons New Testament Commentary Series, as well as edited works on John, The Gospel of John and Christian Theology and The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John, along with his volume on The Gospel of Luke (International Critical Commentary series) is much anticipated.
His other published works cover a wide scope such as Jurgen Moltmann, James and Jude the brothers of Jesus, Gospel Woman, Mission, the Bible and Politics, Apocalyptic and Eschatology in the Tudor Period, the Book of Revelation, and the Christian Hope.
Most recently he has published Living with other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology; The Jewish World around the New Testament; The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation (Sarum Theological Lectures)and Jesus: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
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