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Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations, 2nd Edition
Baker Academic / 2012 / Paperback
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Thoroughly updated and two new chapters, Walter Kaiser's Mission in the Old Testament still poses a powerful critique of 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 Israelite's mission was always to actively spread to gentiles the Good News of the promised Messiah. This new edition adds two new chapters, refreshes material throughout, expands the bibliography, and includes study questions.
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 to gentiles the Good News of the promised Messiah. This new edition adds two new chapters, freshens material throughout, expands the bibliography, and includes study questions.
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
Too often we are caught up in the details of biblical revelation. Walter C. Kaiser helps us regain the big picture of what God is doing in human history...His challenge helps us put mission back into the center of our lives and ministries...demonstrat[ing] clearly that God's mission to the world is the central theme binding Old and New Testaments together. For us to focus on anything else is to miss what God has done and continues to do in human history.
-Paul G. Hiebert,
author of Transforming Worldviews
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 World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary
The book is an interesting exercise in conventional biblical theology.
The Bible Today
Every believer who experiences God's call to the field of mission needs to digest this book. Every pastor who seeks to preach the whole counsel of God's Word needs to own this book for his library and needs to make the truths of this book his own.
-Charles E. McLain,
Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary Online Review
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.
-David K. Strong, Missiology
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
This volume remains a wonderfully accessible introduction to and exploration of the missiological promise-plan of God, and hence would serve well as a supplemental text in classes both on missions and the Old Testament.
-Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
The major thesis of Kaiser's book is that mission to the peoples and nations of the world is a central and constant element of God's plan for Israel throughout the Old Testament...Kaiser's thesis is a compelling one. Evangelical readers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the Old Testament will find Kaiser's book to be a source of both information and comfort.
-Review & Expositor Kaiser writes persuasively and well. He has produced a valuable volume...The many insights offered make the volume a useful resource. The documentation: glossary, bibliography, Scripture, subject and author indexes, adds further value.
-Elizabeth A. Clark, Themelios
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.
-Luke L. Keefer Jr.,
Ashland Theological Journal
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