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Israel as a Light to the Nations

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"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

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 by Walter C. Kaiser was published by Baker in July 2012 and is our 61211th best seller. The ISBN for Mission in the Old Testament is 9780801039973.

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1. God's Preparation for Missions in Genesis 1-11
2. God's Plan for Missions in the Patriarchal and Mosaic Eras
3. God's Promised Person for All--The Davidic King of Promise
4. God's Purpose for Missions in the Psalter of Israel
5. God's Use of Individuals to Reach Gentiles in the Old Testament
6. God's Call to Israel to Be a Light to the Nations
7. God's Persuasion of Jonah to Be His Witness with Other Prophets from Israel
8. God's Call to the Missionary Paul Based on the Old Testament
Study and Discussion Questions


"Mission in the Old Testament challenges the axiom that the gospel mandate begins with the New Testament. 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 Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

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Details for Mission in the Old Testament

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (July 2012)
Edition2nd Revised edition
Number of Pages128
Thickness216 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4042780
Page last updated 13th June 2018
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