EM721-6 - Missional Hermeneutics
3,420 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- A deep and systematic understanding of key texts and writers in the field of missional hermeneutics.
- A critical awareness of developments in missional hermeneutics and how they apply to reading the Bible from a missional perspective.
- An understanding of key mission-related themes within the Bible and a critical evaluation of various proposals regarding the place such themes ought to have in Christian interpretation and application of Scripture.
Be able to
- Compare, evaluate and synthesise current approaches in missional hermeneutics, integrating relevant undertandings from the fields of biblical studies, missiology and missional theology.
- Articulate their own understanding of the relationship between the mission of God and the interpretive task of Christian readers of Scripture.
Be in a position to
- Apply a missional hermeneutic creatively to their own reading of biblical texts.
- Relate the insights of missional hermeneutics to their own context and practice.
The unit will include a discussion of the following themes as they are developed in selected biblical books and corpora, and across the canon:
- The development and nature of missional hermeneutics.
- God and mission: revelation, monotheism and idolatry, the missio Dei and the trinitarian character of mission.
- God’s people and mission: election, universality and particularity, redemption, restoration, covenant, gospel, sentness, and ethics.
- God’s world and mission: creation, culture, and the nations.
Wright, C. (2006) The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative, Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press
Brown, J. (2007) Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics, Grand Rapids, Baker.
Bauckham, R. (2003) Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World, Carlisle, Cumbria: Paternoster Press
Beeby, H. (1999) Canon and Mission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International
Bosch, D. (2011) Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books
Brownson, J. (1998) Speaking the Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International
Goheen, M.W. (2011) A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic
Gorman, Michael J. (2015) Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
Kaiser, W. (2000) Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House
Okoye, J. (2006) Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books
Redford, S.B. (2012) Missiological Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretation and the Global Church, Eugene: Pickwick Publications
Russell, Brian (2016) (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World, Eugene: Cascade
Sarma, Bitrus A. (2015) Hermeneutics of Mission in Matthew: Israel and the Nations in the Interpretative Framework of Matthew's Gospel, Carlisle: Langham Monographs
Starling, D. I. (2016) Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship: How the Bible shapes our interpretive habits and practices, Grand Rapids: Baker.
Stroope, M. (2017) Transcending Mission: The Eclipse of a Modern Tradition, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.
Work, T. (2001). Living and active: Scripture in the economy of salvation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Wright, C. (2010) The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, Grand Rapids: Zondervan
Recommended (journal articles):
Barram, M. ‘The Bible, Mission, and Social Location: Toward a Missional Hermeneutic’, Interpretation, 61 (2007), pp.42-58.
Goheen, M.W. (2008) ‘Continuing Steps Towards a Missional Hermeneutic’, Fideles, 3 (2008), pp.49-99
Hunsberger, G. (2011) ‘Proposals for a Missional Hermeneutic: Mapping a Conversation’, Missiology, XXXIX:3 (2011), pp.309-321