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Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  125 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A capable treatment that contends the missionary mandate does not begin with the Great Commission, but runs through the entire Old Testament.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Baker Academic
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Evan Gartman
Jun 04, 2015 Evan Gartman rated it it was amazing
Despite being short, this book is packed with information. Kaiser has truly opened my eyes to just how much God's plan has been for the salvation of ALL PEOPLES since the very beginning. Chapter four was by far my favorite and the most eye opening. Kaiser expounds on Psalms 67 and 96 in such great detail that I could not help but give praise to God. This book is absolutely a must read.
Kessia Reyne
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A nice, short book in which Kaiser defends his thesis that, contrary to popular opinion, the mission of Israel in the Old Testament was not centripetal and passive, but rather central to the covenant with Yahweh and an active, centrifugal mission. I think that he did a great job bursting the common notion that the election of the Jewish nation was to salvation or was somehow exclusive; he argues well that it was rather an election to mission. (That says something about the election of a remnant, ...more
Louis Fritz v
May 10, 2015 Louis Fritz v rated it really liked it
Walter Kaiser does an excellent job on a much needed text for pastors: the need to recognize the importance of the Old Testament as evangelistic as much as the New Testament. He proves this taking the entire narrative from Genesis to the Ages of the Prophets to prove the role of Abraham and Israel as drawing all nations back to God. The difficulty of his text comes through its heavy focus on verb parsing and other grammatical syntax, basic knowledge for many seminary graduates but not necessaril ...more
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Kessia Reyne already wrote the perfect review:


A nice, short book in which Kaiser defends his thesis that, contrary to popular opinion, the mission of Israel in the Old Testament was not centripetal and passive, but rather central to the covenant with Yahweh and an active, centrifugal mission. I think that he did a great job bursting the common notion that the election of the Jewish nation was to salvation or was somehow exclusive; he argues well that it was rather an election to mission. (That s
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Chris Armer
Feb 27, 2014 Chris Armer rated it liked it
I rate this book only 3 stars based upon the author's argumentation to support his thesis. His evidence, exegesis, and logic are greatly lacking. There are far better books that address this subject for those interested.
Matthew
Feb 26, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
Great summery of the missional scope of the Old Testament. It points out the original roles that Israel played and was supposed to play but didn't. It also talks about how the prophets aided in this process as well.
Guillaume Bourin
Nov 23, 2014 Guillaume Bourin rated it liked it
Good book, well written, with fresh insights. However, I was not convinced by Kaiser's centrifugal approach.
Kristi-Joy
Dec 29, 2013 Kristi-Joy rated it it was amazing
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Wow. What a fantastic book! This is essentially a Biblical Theology of Mission in the Old Testament. It has completely revolutionized my understanding of the importance and purpose of Israel, God's character in relation to pre-messianic history, and Paul's use of the OT in his epistles - usage that always confused me. It is *extremely* detailed in some parts as he makes his hermeneutical case, but the point of the book is well worth the few thick sections. I highly recommend this.
Doutor Branco
Quite nice! Very important issue in some Christian circle.
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it really liked it
Many believe God only reached out to the non-Jewish world after the time of Christ, but as Kaiser deftly demonstrates, God’s eternal plan has involved “all nations” (a concept bookended in Gen 12 and Rev 7). In this brief book, Kaiser hones his focus on showing that part of Israel’s function was to propagate God’s truth to their neighbors, and he also develops how God was at work among the Gentiles during the Old Testament period.
BJ
Nov 26, 2008 BJ rated it liked it
A good primer on mission in the Old Testament. Like Christopher Wright in "The Mission of God" Kaiser shows the importance of God's mission throughout God's Word. Wright and Kaiser would have some disagreements on how Israel did mission, but the theme is united. God has been on mission to bless the nations through Israel.
Shawn Paterson
Mar 28, 2014 Shawn Paterson rated it really liked it
Solid and short.
Mike Hyatt
Dec 04, 2012 Mike Hyatt rated it really liked it
Read a few years back while in seminary. It changed the way I looked at Israel in the Old Testament. They were to be a a light to the nations.
Rick Kirby
Sep 03, 2012 Rick Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Fantastic!!! Should be required reading for every missiologist.
Byron Harrison
Jun 08, 2011 Byron Harrison rated it really liked it
A classic in OT mission
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Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and at Wheaton College. Kaiser is active as a preacher, speaker, researcher, and writer and is the author of more than forty books, including Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament and The M ...more
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“It was ever and always the plain offer of God to all the peoples of the earth through his elected servants of the promise-plan.” 3 likes
“Up until the 1950s the subject of the missionary movement was referred to as "missions" in the plural form. In fact, the term "missions" was first used in its current context by the Jesuits in the sixteenth century. But the International Missionary Council discussions in the 1950s on the missio- Dei convinced most that the mission of the Triune God was prior to any of the number of missions by Christians during the two millennia of church history. Consequently, since there was only one mission, the plural form has dropped out of familir usage and the singular form, "mission," has replaced it for the most part. Nevertheless, most churches and lay-persons hang on the plural missions. For that reason, and to make our point clear here, we will refer to it in this work from time to time while alerting believers to the coming change.” 1 likes
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