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Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (New Studies in Biblical Theology) [Paperback]

By Andreas J. Kostenberger (Author) & Peter T. O'Brien (Author)
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Few biblical topics are as important as missions. For Andreas Kostenberger and Peter O'Brien this significant theme has rarely been given its due attention in biblical theology. Hence, they offer a comprehensive biblical thelolgy of missions covering the OT, the Second Temple Period and the NT. Key questions in each period are addressed through a narrative, salvation-historical approach.

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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. According to Andreas Kostenberger and Peter O'Brien, this significant theme has rarely been given its due attention in biblical theology. Motivated by their passion to see God's mission carried out in today's world, they offer a comprehensive study of the theme of mission. In Salvation to the Ends of the Earth they explore the entire sweep of biblical history, including the Old Testament, the second-temple period, each New Testament Gospel, Paul and his writings, and the General Epistles and Revelation. Among other questions, Kostenberger and O'Brien examine whether or not Old Testament Israel was called to mission, whether second-temple Judaism should be characterized as a missionary religion, whether Jesus limited his earthly mission to Israel or also embarked on a Gentile mission, and whether or not there is continuity between the missions of Israel and the missions of Jesus and the early church. They write, "It is our sincere hope that our Christian mission, which is first of all God's, will be founded on a biblical theology that takes its cue from the scriptural revelation as a whole." To that end, they offer this work as a service to the worldwide church."

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.47" Width: 5.47" Height: 1.04"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 20, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series  New Studies in Biblical Theology  
Series Number  11  
ISBN  0830826114  
ISBN13  9780830826117  

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Andreas J. KOstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is a prolific author, distinguished evangelical scholar, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the founder of Biblical Foundations, a ministry devoted to restoring the biblical foundations of the home and the church. KOstenberger and his wife have four children.

Thomas R. Schreiner (MDiv and ThM, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Denny Burk (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Burk edits The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and speaks and writes extensively about gender and sexuality. He keeps a popular blog at

Bob Yarbrough (PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was previously professor of New Testament and department chair at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or coauthor of several books and is active in pastoral training in Africa.

Gloria Furman (MACE, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a wife, mother of four, cross-cultural worker, and writer. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor.

Mary A. Kassian is a distinguished professor of women's studies at the Southern Baptist Seminary, a popular speaker, and an award-winning author. She is the author of several books and Bible studies.

Andreas J. Kostenberger currently resides in Wake Forest, in the state of North Carolina. Andreas J. Kostenberger was born in 1957.

Andreas J. Kostenberger has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
  2. Biblical Theology of the New Testament
  3. Encountering Biblical Studies
  4. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
  5. Invitation to Theological Studies
  6. New Studies in Biblical Theology
  7. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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one of the best...  Sep 14, 2006
Besides the big flop on saying the book of Jonah isn't missional (Jesus said it was, why don't they?), this is probably the best book out there on presenting a biblical theology of Missio Dei in the Bible you will find. The authors are in contrast to Walter Kaiser in that they do not believe Second Temple Judaism was a missionary religion. Judaism served to draw in the nations, not go out to the nations. That comes in the Acts of the Apostles. While in the OT the Jews were a light that drew the nations in for a closer look, in the NT, all believers are to go out as a light to the nations taking the salvation of the Lord to the ends of the earth.

For the work on John and Paul alone, this book is worth having. Whoever thinks John isn't missional needs to read again. The standard Paul set for missions still stands today.

If you want to round out your understanding of the Bible theologically, you should read this book.
An Excellent Survey of Missions in the Bible  Jul 8, 2006
In Salvation to the Ends of the Earth, Andreas Kostenberger and Peter O'Brien have presented a systematic study of the subject of mission from Genesis to Revelation. After surveying the Old Testament and Second Temple Jewish literature in the early chapters, the authors conclude that there is no evidence for an organized Jewish mission to Gentiles, and that the Judaism of Jesus' day could not be classified as a missionary religion. While I am sympathetic to their presentation, I contend that Matthew 23:15 does indeed allude to a Pharisaic outreach to non-Jews, and must be regarded as an exception to the rule.

Beginning with Mark's gospel, the authors show that while Jesus was open to the entreaties of various non-Jewish people (Mark 7:24-30), it goes beyond the evidence to suggest that Jesus engaged in an active Gentile mission. Rather, a mission to the Gentiles is anticipated as a future reality in such texts as Mark 11:17 ("My house will be a house of prayer for all nations"), and in the cry of the Roman centurion in Mark 15:39.

In their survey of Matthew's gospel, the authors explain that the particularist statements of Matthew 10:6, 23 demonstrate God's faithfulness to His covenant community while the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 envisions the worldwide impact of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They rightfully stress that Matthew 10:23; 24:14 and 28:16-20 teach that missionary work is the church's primary responsibility between the first and second comings of Christ.

Noting the universal scope of Luke's gospel of inclusion, Kostenberger and O'Brien stress that Luke-Acts may be the clearest presentation of the church's universal mission in the entire New Testament. They correctly identify the hints of the Gentile mission in Luke 2:32 and Luke 4:16-30, though they may be making too much of the sending of the seventy-two in Luke 10, a vague allusion to a future ministry to Gentiles at best.
The book also has an inspiring discussion of the book of Acts, noting that it chronicles the unstoppable word of God. Taking the words of Ben Witherington as their cue, they assert that neither persecution nor imprisonment nor legal obstacles can prevent the gospel of Jesus Christ from penetrating to the heart of the Roman empire.

The authors go on to note that from the time Paul was converted on the road to Damascus, he was completely devoted to the gospel of Christ. They highlight key texts such as Romans 1:5-6, where he testifies that he has received grace and apostleship to call people from among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes through faith. They also underscore passages such as Romans 15:14-33 gives an overview of his missionary career and his desire to preach Christ in regions where He is not known, and 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, where Paul states that he is willing to be or to become almost anything to win people for Christ. There also note that while Paul never commands that believers in Christ share their faith, he notes with approval in Philippians how many have preached the gospel. I would have also included a discussion of Philemon 6 where Paul explicitly prays that Philemon would be more active in sharing his faith.

The writers also recognize that there is a missionary thrust in the gospel of John, with Christ as the primary missionary, the One who is sent by the Father. Furthermore, they recognize that while the Johannine epistles and the General epistles do not have a strong evangelistic emphasis, they stress the purity of the gospel, which is absolutely foundational for a successful missionary enterprise.

I highly recommend this book and I consider it to be a very important biblical exposition on missions in the Bible.

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