How have those engaged in the mission of God been challenged to reinterpret Scripture through their experience? In what ways were the missionaries in the Bible challenged to reevaluate Scripture in their own time? Redford attempts to give shape to the nature of missional hermeneutics by examining Scripture, present-day cultural values, historical struggles, and the experience of those who are engaged in the mission of God. In order for missionaries to overcome the scientific polarization in Western hermeneutics, they must be able to perceive and learn from the overarching missional and spiritual hermeneutics found throughout Scripture so that they can balance missional, spiritual, historical-critical, and even unforeseen hermeneutical paths, providing increased confidence in biblical interpretation.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Since 1950, remarkable progress has been made in developing mission theology. Redford aids and abets this development by introducing missiological hermeneutics that will help Christians around the world engage the word of God with greater understanding and faithfulness." --Wilbert R. Shenk, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
"The Bible is a book about mission, but far too often biblical scholars have not studied it from that perspective. And missionaries have frequently based their actions on only a few favorite texts, ignoring important aspects of the biblical message. This groundbreaking work, which seeks to bridge the gap between biblical interpretation and missiology, will enrich and challenge all who are engaged in mission today." --Paul E Pierson, Fuller Theological Seminary
Shawn B. Redford Charles Van Engen
Shawn B. Redford (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA) is a specialist in biblical theology of mission and missiological hermeneutics. He has taught in these fields at Fuller. He currently teaches at Africa International University, Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (AIU-NEGST), and also in remote areas while serving in Kenya with CMF International.