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Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (American Society of Missiology Series) Paperback – June 15, 2011
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"Unquestionably stands out as the most comprehensive and enlightened work on mission models studies across Christian traditions and mission history." --Louis Luzbetak, SVD
"This is a well-informed and courageous study of the theology of mission and the fist to implement paradigm theory for the understanding of mission." --Hans Kung
About the Author
- Publisher : Orbis; 20th Anniversary edition (June 15, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 656 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1570759480
- ISBN-13 : 978-1570759482
- Item Weight : 2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.48 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I will start with what this book is not. As you can guess from my first paragraph, it is not a beginners introduction to missions or a practical guide on how to be a missionary. That is not to say that the book is not practical, it is just that it is written in a very in-depth academic level with a strong emphasis on the history of the theology of missions and how that has been shaped and transformed throughout the centuries. You are only able to access the practical implications on modern missions once you have worked through all of that.
I shall then go on to what the book is. As I mentioned in the last paragraph, it is a thorough discussion on how the theology of mission is presented by different Bible authors, followed by how it has been interpreted and implemented throughout church history with some conclusions drawn for the present. David Bosch seems to assume a fairly high understanding on the part of the reader with regards to both church history and the concerns of missiology. If the reader is new to either of these subjects then they will find this book a tough read.
This book is not the easiest read, using many technical terms. It is probably best suited to somebody who has studied, or is studying, missiology, church history, theology etc. at postgraduate level. However, despite the dedication needed to read this book, it is the most comprehensive resource on this subject that I have come across. For this reason I would fully endorse the book to anyone interested in this field of study.
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Bosch was raised in South Africa believing in apartheid until he interacted with Black South-Africans at Colledge. He became a church planter, theologian, and activist in championing equality. While upholding traditional understanding of the Scriptures, Bosch sees social reform and the liberation of the marginalized and oppressed as a vital component of the Gospel.
This book takes focussed concentration but is worth the effort to understand how the mission of God develops and grows through changing contexts and cultures.
Bosch describes the changes underlying mission in Christian history and especially the shifts in focus over the last century. He grapples with the question of "what is mission" both in the past and in our time.
Bosch can be quite a tough read at times, it is easy to get bogged (Bosched?) down. My advice is to read selectively, focus on bits relevant to your ministry, and make use of a highlighter pen to mark the bits that grab you.