Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission
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Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission  -     By: Dean Flemming

Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission

InterVarsity Press / 2005 / Paperback

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Honored as one of the "Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2005 for Mission Studies" by International Bulletin of Missionary Research

From Cairo to Calcutta, from Cochabamba to Columbus, Christians are engaged in a conversation about how to speak and live the gospel in today's traditional, modern and emergent cultures. The technical term for their efforts is contextualization. Missionary theorists have pondered and written on it at length. More and more, those who do theology in the West are also trying to discover new ways of communicating and embodying the gospel for an emerging postmodern culture. But few have considered in depth how the early church contextualized the gospel. And yet the New Testament provides numerous examples.

As both a crosscultural missionary and a New Testament scholar, Dean Flemming is well equipped to examine how the early church contextualized the gospel and to draw out lessons for today. By carefully sifting the New Testament evidence, Flemming uncovers the patterns and parameters of a Paul or Mark or John as they spoke the Word on target, and he brings these to bear on our contemporary missiological task.

Rich in insights and conversant with frontline thinking, this is a book that will revitalize the conversation and refresh our speaking and living the gospel in today's cultures, whether in traditional, modern or emergent contexts.

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Title: Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission
By: Dean Flemming
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 334
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
ISBN: 0830828311
ISBN-13: 9780830828319
Stock No: WW28317

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  • Winner of a 2006 Christianity Today Book Award
  • Honored as one of the "Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2005 for Mission Studies" by International Bulletin of Missionary Research

From Cairo to Calcutta, from Cochabamba to Columbus, Christians are engaged in a conversation about how to speak and live the gospel in today's traditional, modern and emergent cultures. The technical term for their efforts is contextualization. Missionary theorists have pondered and written on it at length. More and more, those who do theology in the West are also trying to discover new ways of communicating and embodying the gospel for an emerging postmodern culture. But few have considered in depth how the early church contextualized the gospel. And yet the New Testament provides numerous examples. As both a crosscultural missionary and a New Testament scholar, Dean Flemming is well equipped to examine how the early church contextualized the gospel and to draw out lessons for today. By carefully sifting the New Testament evidence, Flemming uncovers the patterns and parameters of a Paul or Mark or John as they spoke the Word on target, and he brings these to bear on our contemporary missiological task. Rich in insights and conversant with frontline thinking, this is a book that will revitalize the conversation and refresh our speaking and living the gospel in today's cultures, whether in traditional, modern or emergent contexts.

Author Bio

Dean Flemming (Ph.D., Aberdeen) teaches New Testament at European Nazarene College, Büsingen, Germany. He formerly taught at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Republic of the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

Active mission practitioners, missiologists, and theologians will benefit from and enjoy this excellent volume.

-- Bruce Campbell Moyer, Seminary Studies, Autumn 2009

. . . a fresh, timely and much needed resource. . . . a must-read for those who desire to reach persons--in their own contexts--with the gospel.

-- Michael Halcomb for Stone Campbell Journal, Fall 2007

Flemming has provided an excellent resource which will prove useful to both those preparing to work in other cultures and those engaged in gospel work in today's "postmodern" and increasingly globalized societies.

-- Douglas N. Campbell, Dumisani Theological Institute, South Africa, Themelios 32/3

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