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Biblical Theology of Mission Reading Guide


Biblical Theology of Mission

Reading Guide

John Roxborogh
  1. Recommended Reading

    1. Recommended texts


Abraham, W J. Logic of Evangelism, Eerdmans, 1989.

Blauw, Johannes. The missionary nature of the church, Lutterworth, 1962.

Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, Paradigm shifts in theology of mission, Orbis, 1991.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, MARC/STL.

Larkin, William J. Jr., and Joel F. Williams, Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach. Orbis, 1998.

Senior, Donald and Carroll Stuhlmueller. The Biblical foundations for mission, SCM, 1983.

Wright, Christopher J H. "The Christian and other religions: the biblical evidence," Themelios, 9(2) Jan 1984, 4-15.

    1. General reference


Bavinck, J H. An introduction to the science of missions, 1960.

Billington, A., T Lane and M Turner, eds., Mission and Meaning. Essays presented to Peter Cotterell, Paternoster, 1995

Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, Paradigm shifts in theology of mission, Orbis, 1991.

Bosch, David J. "The why and the how of a true biblical foundation for mission," Zending op weg naar de Toekomst. Essays aangeboden aan Prof Dr J Verkuyl, 1978, 35-45.

Bosch, David J. Witness to the world. The Christian mission in theological perspective, MMS/John Knox Press, 1980.

Brown, R E, J A Fitzmeyer and R E Murphy, The Jerome Biblical Commentary, Geofrey Chapman.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, STL/MARC, 1986.

Hedlund, R E. The mission of the church in the world, Baker, 1991.



Interpretation 48(2) April 1994 Evangelism. (Articles by W J Abraham, George Hunsberger, Darrel Guder and John Westerhoff)

Peter, W G. A biblical theology of mission, Moody, 1972.

Kane, J H. Christian mission in biblical perspective, Baker, 1987.

Legrand, Lucien. Unity and plurality. Mission in the bible, Orbis, 1990.

Martin-Achard, Robert. A light to the nations, Oliver and Boyd, 1962.

Rommen, Edward and Harold Netland, Christianity and the Religions. A biblical theology of world religions, Evangelical Missiological Society series 2, William Carey Library, 1995.

Senior, Donald and Carroll Stuhlmueller. The Biblical foundations for mission, SCM, 1983.

Stott, John. Christian mission in the modern world, Falcon, 1975.

Spindler, M R and P R Middlekoop. Bible and mission. A partially annotated bibliography, 1960-1980, Leiden, 1981.

Verkuyl J. Contemporary missiology, an introduction, Eerdmans 1978.


    1. What is missiology?


Hogg, W R. The teaching of missiology” Missiology 15(4), 1987, 487-506.

Kirk, J Andrew. “Missiology” in S B Ferguson and D F Wright, eds., New Dictionary of Theology, Inter-Varsity Press, 1988, 434-436.

Moreau, Scott “Missiology” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Revised Edition, forthcoming, 2000. Available at http://www.wheaton.edu/Missions/Moreau/Articles/Missiology.htm

Scherer, J A. “Missiology as a discipline and what it includes” Missiology 15(4) 1987 507-522.


  1. Interpreting the bible to inform our missiology: hermeneutics and mission.


Evangelical Quarterly January 1990 61(1)
Bosch, David J. ‘Mission in biblical perspective,’ International Review of Mission, 74, 1985, pp.531-38.

Bosch, David J. “Reflections on biblical models of mission.” In James M Phillips, and Robert T Coote., eds. Toward the 21st Century in Christian Mission, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 1993, 175-192.

Bosch, David J. ‘Towards a hermeneutic of "Biblical Studies and Mission," Mission Studies 3(2), pp.65-79.

Bosch, David J. ‘The scope of the "BISAM" project,’ Mission Studies 11 6(1), 1989, pp.61-68.

Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, pp.15-24.

Bright, John. The authority of the Old Testament, SCM, 1967. (Review: W Johnstone, ‘The authority of the Old Testament,’ Scottish Journal of Theology, 22(2), June 1969, 197-209.)

Brueggeman, Walter A. ‘The bible and mission: some interdisciplinary implications for teaching,’ Missiology, 10(4) Oct 1982, pp.397-412.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 11-21.

Coggins R J and J L Houlden, A Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, SCM, 1990. Articles: "Theology (New Testament)," "Theology (Old Testament)," "Exodus, (especially 224ff)," "Christian interpretation of the Old Testament (especially 111f)."

Cotterell, Peter. Mission and meaninglessness, SPCK, 53-74.

Davies, John R. "Biblical Precedence for Contextualisation" Evangelical Review of Theology, 21(3) July 1997, 197-214.

De Groot, A. ‘One Bible and many interpretive contexts: hermeneutics in Missiology,’ F J Verstraelen, et al, eds., Missiology. An Ecumenical Introduction, Eerdmans, 1995, 144-156.

Fee, Gordon and Stuart, How to read the bible for all its worth, SU.

Goldingay, John. Approaches to Old Testament interpretation, IVP, 1981. [BS 1192.5 GOL]

Kaiser, W C. ‘New approaches to OT ethics,’ Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 35(3), 1992, 289-297.

Larkin, William J. Culture and Biblical Hermeneutics, University Press of America, 1993.

Schreiter, Robert J. ‘The bible and mission: a response to Walter Brueggeman and Beverly Gaventa, Missiology, 10(4) Oct 1982, pp.427-434.

Smith-Christopher, Daniel. Text and experience. Towards a cultural exegesis of the bible, Sheffield Academic Press, 1995.

Spindler, M. R. ‘The Biblical grounding and orientation of mission’, F J Verstraelen, et al, eds., Missiology. An Ecumenical Introduction, Eerdmans, 1995, 123-143.

Van Engen, Charles. ‘The relation of the Bible and Mission in Mission Theology’, Charles Van Engen, Dean S Gilliland, Paul Pierson, eds., The Good News of the Kingdom, Orbis, 1993, 27-36.


    1. Witness


Bosch, David J. ‘Towards a hermeneutic of "Biblical Studies and Mission,"‘ Mission Studies 6, 3(2), 1986, pp.65-79.

Bosch, David J. ‘The scope of the "BISAM" project,’ Mission Studies 11 6(1), 1989, pp.61-68.

Durrwell, F. ‘Christian witness: a theological study,’ International Review of Mission, 69, 1980, pp.121-34.

Guder, Darrell. Be my witnesses. Eerdmans, 1985.

Newbigin, Lesslie. ‘Witness in a biblical perspective,’ Mission Studies, 6, 3(2), 1986, pp.80-84.

    1. Hermeneutics - without mission or culture?


Many texts appear oblivious to the non-Western and missiological dimensions of hermeneutics. Given that most Christians are now non-Western this is unfortunate. It is interesting to ask how much this is a failure of historic interpreters and commentators on hermeneutics, and how much it is a contemporary failure to employ the category of mission in evaluating what interpreters were doing.
Bray, Gerald. Biblical Interpretation past and present, Apollos, 1996.

Osborne, Grant R. The hermeneutical spiral. A comprehensive introduction to biblical interpretation, Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991.


    1. Power and helplessness: Money and mission


Bonk, J J. Missions and money. Affluence as a Western missionary problem, Orbis, 1991.

Christian History, 6(2).

The Church and Wealth, Studies in Church History 24.

Davis, J J. Your wealth in God’s world, Presbyterian and Reformed, 1984.



Interpretation 41(4) October 1987, Wealth and Poverty

Johnson, L T. Sharing possessions, Fortress, 1981.

Sider, R J. Rich Christians in an age of hunger, Hodder, 1977.

Yoder, J H. The politics of Jesus, Eerdmans, 1972.


  1. The Old Testament and mission

    1. Overview and issues


Dobbie, R. ‘The bibilical foundation of the mission of the church. I: The Old Testament," International Review of Mission, 51(202), 1962, 196-202.

Filbeck, David. Yes, God of the Gentiles, too. The missionary message of the Old Testament, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, 1994.

Legrand, Unity and plurality, pp1-38.

McDaniel, Ferris L. “Mission in the Old Testament” Larkin, William J. Jr., and Joel F. Williams, Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach. Orbis, 1998, 11-20.

Phillips, G E. The Old Testament in the World Church, Lutterworth, 1942.

Rowley, H H. The missionary message of the Old Testament, Carey Press, 1944.

Verkuyl, J. Contemporary missiology, 90-101.

    1. Creation, Fall and universal history


Genesis 1-11
Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, 15-21.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 22-50.


    1. Election, promise and covenant


Genesis 12:1-3; 18:18-19; 22:15-18; 16:3-4; 28:14-15.
Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, 21-28.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 51-59.

Kaiser, W C, "Israel’s missionary call," Winter and Hawthorne, Perspectives, 25-34.

    1. Salvation and Suffering for Israel


Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 60-79, 98-105.
    1. Salvation for others?: Israel and the Nations


Bavinck, J H. Introduction to the science of missions, 1960, 11-16.

Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, 29-43.

Legrand, Lucien. Unity and plurality. Mission in the bible, Orbis, 1990, 15-27.

Oswalt, John N. “The mission of Israel to the Nations,” in W V Crockett and J g Sigountos, eds., Through no fault of their own? Baker, 1991, 85-95.

Trites, A A. The New Testament concept of witness, CUP, 1977, 35-47 [Isaiah 40-55].

    1. Mission, Messiah and the Kingdom of God


Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, 44-54.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 106-115.

Davidson, R. ‘Universalism in Second Isaiah,’ Scottish Journal of Theology, 16(2), June, 1963, 166-185.

Gelston, A. ‘Missionary message of Second Isaiah,’ Scottish Journal of Theology, 18(3), September 1965, 308-318.


    1. Justice in the Old Testament


Bellingham, G Robert. A biblical approach to social transformation, DMin, Eastern Baptist, 1987. [DML]

Boerma, C. Rich man, poor man and the bible, SCM, 1980.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 90-97.

Kaiser, Walter C. Toward Old Testament ethics, Academie, 1983, 158-163. [BS 1199.E8 KAI]

Wright, Christopher J H. Living as the people of God. The relevance of Old Testament ethics, IVP, 1983. [BS 1199.E8 WRI]

    1. The Old Testament and religions


Ariarajah, Wesley. The bible and people of other faiths, WCC, 1985.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 80-89.

Clarke, A D and B W Winter, eds., One God, One Lord in a world of religious pluralism, Tyndale, 1991.

De Ridder, R R. ‘God and the gods: reviewing the biblical roots, Missiology, 6(1) 1978, 11-28.

Edelman, Diana Vikander, ed., The triumph of Elohim. From Yahwisms to Judaisims, Eerdmans, 1996.

Evangelical Alliance (UK), "The salvation of the Gentiles. Implications for other faiths," Evangelical Review of Theology, January 1991, 36-43.

Hedlund, Roger E. The mission of the church in the world, Baker, 1991, 20-27.

Holter, Knut. "Missiology and the Old Testament theology of religions," Missionalia, 16(1), Apr 1988, pp.4-24.



Interpretation 40(4) October 1986, Other Religions

Wright, Christopher J H. "The Christian and other religions: the biblical evidence," Themelios, 9(2) Jan 1984, 4-15.


    1. Books of the Old Testament

      1. Isaiah


Blenkinsopp, J. ‘Second Isaiah - prophet of universalism’, JSOT 41, 1988, 83-103

Davidson, R. ‘Universalism in second Isaiah’, Scottish Journal of Theology 16(2) June 1963, 166-185.

Gelston, A. ‘The missionary message of second Isaiah’, Scottish Journal of Theology 18(3) September 1965, 308-318

Payne, D F. “The meaning of mission in Isaiah 40-55”, in Billington, A., T Lane and M Turner, eds., Mission and Meaning. Essays presented to Peter Cotterell, Paternoster, 1995, 3-11.

Van Winkle, D W. ‘The relationship of the Nations to Yahweh and to Israel in Isaiah XL-LV’, Vetus Testamentum 35(4), 1985, 446-458.

  1. The inter-testamental period and mission


Bavinck, Introduction to the science of missions, 25-29.

Bedell, Clifford H. “Mission in Intertestamental Judaism” in Larkin, William J. Jr., and Joel F. Williams, Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach. Orbis, 1998, 21-29.

Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, 55-64.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 116-124

Cohen, S J D. From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Westminster Press, 1987, 27-57, especially 50-57.

Levinskaya, Irina. The Book of Acts in its Diaspora setting, Paternoster/Eerdmans, 1996.

McKnight, Scot. A light among the Gentiles, Jewish missionary activity in the Second Temple period, Fortress, 1991.

Sandmel, S. Judaism and Christian beginnings, OUP, 1978, 228-235.

Verkuyl, Contemporary missiology, 101.

  1. The New Testament and mission


Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, 15-55.

Brown, R E. The churches the Apostles left behind, Geoffrey Chapman, 1984.

Dobbie, R. ‘The biblical foundation of the mission of the church. II: The New Testament," International Review of Mission, 51(203), 1962, 281-290.

Verkuyl, Contemporary missiology, 101-114.


    1. Jesus and the Gentiles


Barrett, C K, "The Gentile mission as an eschatological phenomenon," in W Hulitt Gloer, Eschatology and the New Testament. Essays in honour of Raymond Beasley-Murray, Hendrickson, 1988, 65-75.

Goerner, H C. "Jesus and the Gentiles," Winter and Hawthorne, Perspectives, 75-82.

Jeremias, J. Jesus promise to the nations, SCM.

Senior and Stuhlmueller. Biblical foundations for mission, 141-160.

Wilson, S G. The gentiles and the gentile mission in Luke-Acts, SNTS#23, CUP, 1973.

    1. The Kingdom of God


Conzelmann, Outline of NT theology, 106-115.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 125-140



Interpretation 47(2) April 1993 The Reign of God

Jeremias, J, New Testament theology volume one, 96-108.

Ladd, G E. ‘The Gospel of the Kingdom,’ Winter and Hawthorne, Perspectives, 51-69.

    1. Mission in Mark


The chicken missionary who later did something of greater importance than could have been imagined - he invented a Gospel: Good News about Jesus which could be shared, copied, carried around and used by others as they also discovered what it meant to recognise who Jesus really was and join in proclaiming that message.
Interpretation 47(4) Oct 1993

Senior, and Stuhlmueller. Biblical foundations for mission, 211-232.

Williams, J. F. “Mission in Mark” in Larkin, William J. Jr., and Joel F. Williams, Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach. Orbis, 1998, 137-151.

Wilson, S G. The gentiles and the gentile mission in Luke-Acts, 29-31.


    1. Matthew, discipleship and the Great Commission


Using Mark and other material, Matthew, probably living in Syria in the 80s, wrote for a community of Christian Jews across the other side from the Galilee of much of Jesus’ ministry. It was a community facing hostile Jews and Gentiles without, and legalists and antinomians within. They needed to know that Jesus had a mission to both, that they were to make disciples and to teach what he had commanded. The Great Commission is the focus, but we find what it means in the rest of the Gospel.
Barth, K. ‘Matthew 28:16-20,’ in G H Anderson, ed., Theology of the Christian mission, 55-72.

Boer, H R. Pentecost and missions, chap 2.

Bosch, David J. ‘The structure of mission: an exposition of Matthew 28:16-20,’ Wilbert R Shenk, ed., Exploring church Growth, 218-248.

Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, 56-83.

Brown, S. "The Matthean community and the Gentile mission," Novum Testamentum, 22, 1980.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 141-149.

Cotterell, Peter. Mission and meaninglessness, SPCK, 87-99.

France, R T. Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher, Paternoster, 1989.



Interpretation 46(4) October 1992

O’Brien, P. "The Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20. A missionary mandate or not?" Reformed Theological Review, 135, 1976.

Senior and Stuhlmueller, Biblical foundations, 233-254.

Warren, Max. I believe in the Great Commission, Hodder, 1976.


    1. The Holy Spirit and mission in Luke-Acts


How to explain to a Gentile church their Jewish roots and their civic responsibilities, their mission to all, especially to the marginalised, the poor. The transition from the time of Jesus to the time of the church requires two books to explain. The continuity is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Interpretation, 42(2) April 1988, Acts

Interpretation 48(4) October 1994, Luke
Boer, Harry R. Pentecost and Missions, Lutterworth, 1961.

Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, 84-122.

Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, 89-103.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 150-159, 169-178

Legrand, Unity and plurality, 91-106.

Senior and Stuhlmueller, Biblical foundations, 255-277.

Wilson, S G. The gentiles and the gentile mission in Luke-Acts, SNTS#23, CUP, 1973.

    1. John: Logos, unity and mission


Erdmann, Martin. “Mission in John’s Gospel and Letters” in Larkin, William J. Jr., and Joel F. Williams, Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach. Orbis, 1998, 207-226.

Legrand, Unity and plurality, 131-145.

Senior and Stuhlmueller, Biblical foundations, 280-296.

Towner, Philip H. ‘Paradigms lost: Mission to the Kosmos in John and in David Bosch’s Biblical models of Mission,’ Evangelical Quarterly 67(2) April 1995, 99-119.


    1. Paul: race, grace, strategy and faith


Allen, Roland. Missionary methods St Paul’s or ours? World Dominion Press, 1960.

Bornkamm, ‘The missionary stance of Paul in I Corinthians 9 and in Acts’, in L E Keck and J E Martyn, Studies in Luke-Acts, SPCK, 1968.

Bosch, David J. Transforming mission, 123-178.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 179-189.

Carriker, C Timothy. ‘Missiological Hermeneutic and Pauline Apocalyptic,’ Charles Van Engen, Dean S Gilliland, Paul Pierson, eds., The Good News of the Kingdom, Orbis, 1993, 45-55.

Dahl, Nils A. ‘Missionary theology in the Epistle to the Romans,’ in Studies in Paul, Ausburg, 1977, 70-94.

Escobar, Samuel. ‘A Pauline paradigm of mission. A Latin American reading,’ Charles Van Engen, Dean S Gilliland, Paul Pierson, eds., The Good News of the Kingdom, Orbis, 1993,

Groves, David. “Communities of the King,” Transformation 10(3), July/Sep 1993, 9-12.

Legrand, Unity and plurality, 107-130.

Minear, Paul S. ‘Gratitude and mission in the Epistle to the Romans,’ in Jan Hermelink & H J Margull, eds., Basileia: Festschrift für Walter Freytag, 1961.

Richardson, P and P W Gooch, “Accommodation ethics”, Tyndale Bulletin 29, 1978, 89-142.

Senior and Stuhlmueller, Biblical foundations, 161-210.

Walls, A F. ‘The first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans and the modern missionary movement,’ in W Ward Gasque and Ralph P Martin, Apostolic history and the Gospel, Paternoster, 1970, pp.346-357.

Winter, Bruce W. “Theological and ethical responses to religious pluralism - 1 Corinthians 8-10,” Tyndale Bulletin 41(2) 1990, 209-226.


    1. Peter: Church, state and lifestyle


Brunk, George R. ‘The missionary stance of the church in I Peter,’ Mission Focus 6(5) May 1978, 1-4.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 160-168.

Köstenberger, Andreas, J. “Mission in the General Epistles”, in Larkin, William J. Jr., and Joel F. Williams, Mission in the New Testament. An Evangelical Approach. Orbis, 1998, 189-286.

    1. The New Testament and Other Faiths


Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 190-199 (Israel), 200-209 (World Religions).
  1. World View, Principalities and Powers, Spiritual Warfare and Culture


Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 210-219, 210-230.

Burnett, David. Unearthly powers: a Christian perspective on Primal and Folk religions, MARC, 1988.

Dye, Wayne T. ‘Towards a cross-cultural definition of sin,’ Missiology (4) 1976, 27-41

Greenlee, David. “Territorial spirits reconsidered,” Missiology 22(4) October 1994, 507-514.

Hiebert, Paul G. ‘Spiritual warfare: Biblical perspectives,’ Mission Focus 20(3) September 1992, 41-46.

Wink, Walter. Engaging the powers, Fortress, 1992. [BS2545 P66 WIN]


  1. Eschatology and mission


Beyerhaus, P. ‘Eschatology: does it make any difference?’ Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Oct 1990.

Blauw, Missionary nature of the church, pp35ff and chap5.

Bosch, Witness to the world, chaps 7 and 22.

Burnett, David. God’s mission: Healing the nations, 231-240.

Cullman, O. ‘Eschatology and missions in the New Testament,’ in G. H. Anderson, The theology of the Christian mission, pp.55ff.

Lord, Andrew M. 'Mission Eschatology: A framework for the Holy Spirit'. Journal of Pentecostal Theology 11, )ctober 1997, 111-123.



Samuel, Vinay and Chris Sugden, The Church in response to human need, 128-174.




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