Few biblical topics are as important as mission. Mission is linked inextricably to humanity's sinfulness and need for redemption, and to God's provision of salvation in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This 'good news' of salvation must be made known. The saving mission of Jesus constitutes the foundation for Christian mission, and the Christian gospel is its message.
This second edition of Salvation to the Ends of the Earth emphasizes the way in which the Bible presents a continuing narrative of the story of God’s mission ? ranging from the story of Israel to the story of Jesus and that of the early Christians. At the same time, importantly, it provides a robust historical and chronological backbone to the unfolding of the early Christian mission.
With regard to the latter, Paul and the General Epistles are incorporated
with the Gospel with which they have the closest and most natural canonical and
historical affinity: James and Hebrews with Matthew; 1 ? 2 Peter and Jude with
Mark; Paul’s letters with Luke?Acts; and 1 ? 3 John and the Apocalypse with
John. The chapter on the second-temple period has been moved to an appendix so
as not to interrupt the flow of the presentation of the biblical story-line and
theology of mission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andreas J. Kostenberger is Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He is the author or co-author of numerous books including John (BECNT), The Theology of John's Gospel and Letters, Father, Son and Spirit (NSBT), The Heresy of Orthodoxy, God, Marriage and Family, and Invitation to Biblical Interpretation.
T. Desmond Alexander is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Union Theological College, Belfast. He is the author of From Paradise to the Promised Land, From Eden to the New Jerusalem, The Servant King, Discovering Jesus and Exodus (AOTC), and co-editor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.