Israel as a Light to the Nations. Distinguished evangelical scholar Walter Kaiser offers a new edition of his well-received survey of mission in the Old Testament. When discussing mission, it's easy to rely on the New Testament and overlook the importance of the Old Testament. Kaiser corrects this tendency by focusing on the missiological importance of the Old Testament and explaining its missionary message.
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.
"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"
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