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Doon Theological Journal 5.1 (2008)

Truth with a Mission: Reading Scripture Missiologically - Chris Wright

This is an innovative article that integrates a few autobiographical details with some fundamental questions on Christian mission which Wright tries to answer experientially and biblically. As it is typical of Wright, he reads the Old Testament from a missiological perspective. He thinks that the Hebrew Bible is a missional document not only of the early Christians but also of all Christians of all times. In this article, he makes a plea for ‘the missional basis of the Bible,’ by not rejecting ‘the biblical basis of mission.’ For him, ‘the whole Bible is itself a “missional” phenomenon.’ It is the product of God’s mission even as it is ‘about God’ and is ‘His word.’ This re-formulation invites us to have a radical re-vision in our reading of the Scripture both as ‘God’s word’ and as the ‘construct’ of God’s people on God’s mission in the world.

Mission Amidst Affluence and Affliction - Simon Samuel

Samuel’s article, in its first part, delineates the contexts of affluence and affliction in India, and defines the theory of mission of/ from the middle space, which he calls the ‘basileia-ecclesia mission of economic enunciation and emancipation.’ In the second part, the author describes the praxis of mission of/ from the middle space in light of Jesus’ mission in Mark and the Jacobean and Pauline mission amidst affluence and affliction. He thinks that the early Christians occupied the strategic third space in between the spaces of affluence and affliction, and from that space they affiliated and abrogated, almost simultaneously, both the polar opposite spaces. This ‘amidst economic mission’ of the early Christians may best be described as the mission of ‘economic mutualism.’ By this, they purged the polarity within their community and promoted the dynamic of basileia- ecclesia mission in the wider Greco-Roman-Jewish world of economic polarities.

Western Missions and Dependency – Robert Reese

This is a provocative article on the Christian mission work in the Latafricasian countries that link up with western churches and mission bodies for economic assistance. Instead of evolving strategies and encouraging independence in native mission fields and churches, Reese finds the western churches and mission agencies perpetuating a dependency syndrome in the churches and mission agencies in these countries. He thinks that this tendency began with colonialism and it has been continuing ever since, due to the economic imperialism and globalization initiated from the west. This article proposes five requirements to avoid and eradicate the problem of dependency.

“God sent his son, born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4): The Idea of Incarnation, its Antecedents, and    Significance in Paul’s Theology - Roji T. George

In the article, the author investigates the Pauline idea of incarnation Christology and its antecedents in the Hebrew Bible, in second temple Judaism, and in the Jesus tradition. In this respect, he stands in the new line of New Testament scholars, (James Dunn, Martin Hengel, David Wenham, Larry Hurtado, Luis-Fletcher and others) who align themselves to belong to a New History-of-Religions School that reads Pauline christology as one that is rooted in the Hebrew Bible and in the second temple Judaism and in Jesus tradition rather than in Hellenism. George finds traces of early Christian Christology in second temple Jewish heterodoxy which came to Paul via Jesus and the pre-Pauline gospel tradition.

Holy Spirit, Holiness, and Liberation: A Theology of Liberation in Pentecostal Perspective - Shaibu    Abraham

This article is an attempt to see ‘liberation theology’ in a Pentecostal perspective. The author thinks that more than the socio-political structural transformation, the starting point of real liberation for an individual is in terms of his or her holiness and transformed life in the Spirit. When this takes place in the lives of a large number of people in a society or nation, structural socio-political and economic transformations are bound to take place. For Abraham, individual transformation is the key to structural transformation. In this respect, this article brings a corrective to the radical, leftist, understanding of liberation/ salvation of the mainstream liberation theologians.

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