The Mission Of God: Unlocking The Bible's Grand Narrative
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The Mission Of God: Unlocking The Bible's Grand Narrative

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Winner, 2007 Christianity Today Missions/Global Affairs Book Most Christians would agree that the Bible provides a basis for mission. But Christopher Wright boldly maintains that mission is bigger than that--there is in fact a missional basis for the Bible! The entire Bible is generated by and is all about God's mission. In order to understand the Bible, we need a missiona...more
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Eric Chappell
Review: Outstanding. This book is really an eye-opening piece of work. The whole Bible, all of Scripture is mission, i.e. God's mission to renew all things and he has brought us along on that mission as His people.


"...the whole Bible is itself a 'missional' phenomenon." (22)

"The Bible renders to us the story of God's mission through God's people in their engagement with God's world for the sake of the whole of God's creation. The Bible is the drama of this God of purpose engaged in...more
A wonderfully well-nuanced and holistic book by this superb Old Testament scholar who places Jesus, the Messiah, crucified and risen as the "key to all of history"(535). Jesus is the center of history because in God's story Jesus "is the one who accomplished the mission of God for all creation" (ibid). Wright avoids commond reductionism in many evangelical circles and paints a robust theology of mission. The books greatness is not just in its great treatment of the theme of mission but in its tr...more
Wright argues convincingly that God's missionary heart is one of the big ideas (if not THE big idea) of the entire Bible. In fact, the character and nature of God are unique revealed in His heart for the nations. Wright explores this "grand narrative" in-depth in both the Old and New Testaments. The mission of God is central from Genesis to Revelation. Further, Wright demonstrates how the mission of God is intrinsically related to the people of God - our election, our redemption, our restoration...more
Robert Durough, Jr.
After a lecture given in 1998, Christopher J. H. Wright was approached by Anthony Billington and questioned “about the validity of using a missiological framework as a hermeneutical approach to reading the Bible. Is it possible, is it legitimate, is it helpful for Christians to read the whole Bible from the angle of mission? And what happens if they do?” (531). Thorough and dense, though still not exhaustive in its 535 pages, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative is the resu...more
James Korsmo
What is the Bible all about? Is it a random collection of writings about people who have experienced God? Is it one story about Israel and another somehow connected story about Jesus? In this masterful work, Christopher Wright sets out to demonstrate that the Bible, from start to finish, can be read as focusing on God's mission: in both the Old and New Testaments, God is on the move.

The depth of Wright's book is too much to summarize here, beyond surveying the ground he covers and discussing a f...more
This is a magisterial tome in which Wright answers the question: Can one interpret the grand narrative of the Bible using a missional hermeneutic? After setting things up he proceeds to answer this question with a resounding, "Yes!" by taking us on a journey through this metanarrative (especially the Hebrew Scriptures) using such a hermeneutic. He taught Old Testament so the amount of attention given to the Hebrew Scriptures was both expected as well as refreshing. I did feel, however, that it d...more
A fantastic, paradigm setting, thought provoking, authoritative work of biblical theology. Christopher Wright says the unifying theme of the Bible is the mission of God in the world -- God making himself known. He unpacks this through 600-odd pages of reasonably dense theological/biblical argument, so not really an introductory level book. Took me 6 months to get through it. Heavily weighted towards discussion of the Old Testament, especially in drawing out themes which are usually taught from t...more
Chris Schutte
A wonderful book. Wright acknowledges the "multiplicity of perspectives and contexts from which and within which people read the biblical texts" as a given, and seeks to honor this multiplicity yet at the same time seeks a "hermeneutic of coherence", which he locates in the mission of God. In Luke 24 Jesus opened the eyes of the disciples to understand that the Old Testament is about him, and then the story in Acts picks up with the mission of the church. Wright is an Old Testament scholar, so m...more
Ben Peltz
'The Mission of God' is one of the two books that I consider most formative of my Christian faith, alongside John Piper's 'Desiring God.' This is a massive, scholarly tome with an intense focus on Old Testament exegesis, and as such should not be approached lightly. But anyone who does approach it will find themselves caught up in a grand, sweeping vision of what the Bible reveals about history and God's work within it. This book represents the best that Missional Theology has to offer, and rare...more
Kate Davis
Read half of this for BTI503: Old Testament Genre.

My biggest issue (ok, annoyance) with Wright that he's incredibly redundant. Fortunately, redundancy makes for a thick book that pads the fall when it puts me to sleep and head slams against it. Seriously, though -- I resorted to skimming; always a bad sign.

A concern for me is how hard he's working to describe God with numbered lists, as though these certain traits or characteristics are more important than others. Maybe they are, but I don't tru...more
John Casteel
While I deeply agree with all that Dr. Wright has to say in his book, I found his style very difficult to follow. His chapters were organized around a central question, but then did not seem to proceed in any logical pattern which made it difficult for me to follow.
That said, the book does a great job of articulating the idea that the Bible is a story about how God works in the life of the community of His people. I recommend it to those who are interested in this view of Scripture or biblical...more
Amazing. Wright uses all his gifts as a Old Testament scholar to show that the mission of God to the nations did not begin with the Great Commission in Matthew 28 but instead runs right through the heart of the entire Bible story. A broad range of topics are covered: God and the nations, God and idolatry, election of Israel, redemption (focusing on the Exodus), restoration (focusing on Jubilee), covenants, mission in the world. Highly recommended for Christians desiring to work alongside God in...more
This book is seriously a tome!! But it's also the best account of the bible and particularly, spiritual warfare I have yet read. It overviews 'not gods' that are idols and such in the lives of Israel, and in that sense it is much better than some of the corny books I have read decrying Nike in an attempt to get modern readers to understand idolatry. His overview of the biblical mission of God is outstanding, and it helps us understand our place in the world, or, our ultimate purpose.
Read it once, can't wait to read it again. Just awesome.
I quite enjoyed the book. In my mind, it was equivalent to sitting in class with a talented professor. Wright continually forms connections within the material that are true and understandable, but which I have formerly missed or ignored. I greatly appreciate his use of the Old Testament in grounding Christian mission, or as he would say, the mission of God and his people.
Dave Pettengill
I liked this book overall. I felt the book clearly made the case for the Mission of God throughout the text of the Bible. It was very informative and descriptive which made me almost give it 4 stars but I have given it 3 because it was also very redundant and could have been several hundred pages less. However I would definitely recommend this book to others.
An incredible work that shows dramatic unity between the Old and New Testaments. It rightly shows God's work in the world as one of choosing and blessing--first Israel, then Christians-- to be a blessing to others. In short, we are not called to salvation for our own sake, but for the sake of others and ultimately the Glory of God.
Dean P.
Wright presents a strong look at the theme of YHWH's mission in the Scriptures, and draws from Hebrew and Christian sources to paint an eschatological look at salvation. A great read that is much easier to digest than its 500 pages would suggest.
I am glad to read Wright's clear demonstration of a narrative hermeneutic. Being from a Middle Eastern culture I can appreciate and learn from a well told story, just as much if not more than a well reasoned argument.
Though not very accessible to lay people, this book is invaluable especially in the North American (particularly southern US) context I am familiar with. MISSION IS MORE THAN INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS.
Ian Guy
Just started reading this. Purports to explain what the whole story of the Bible is about. What I've read so far is well written. I think it's going to be exciting and enlightening.
Discover (if you haven't already) the plot that holds the story of the Bible together and your place within that plot as a believer. It's a long book, but it's worth the work.
George Robinson
One of the most comprehensive and shaping books I've read on the intersection of theology and mission. A bit repetitious and tedious at times, but well worth the read.
Gregg Allison, our merciful professor, let us read a twenty-page summary and simply skim the actual five-hundred-plus-page book. I did enjoy what I read, though.
A clear, compelling exposition of the biblical/theological basis of the missional church movement. A rare book that combines epic scope with focused prose.
An eye opening look at how the Bible is about God's mission to restore his fallen creation and how that unfolds in revelation. Highly recommended!
Thick, heady, academic and totally worth the effort, if you desire an in-depth read into the framework of missional understanding.
This book clarified for me God's divine purpose of bringing all nations to see his essential being and nature (glory).
Mark Taylor
The most helpful book I've read for understanding the Bible's overarching plot line and main themes.
James Nahrgang
Great book for developing a hermeneutic for reading the Bible. This I a key book in my development.
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Christopher J.H. Wright, (born 1947) is a Anglican clergyman and an Old Testament scholar. He is currently the director of Langham Partnership International. He was the principal of All Nations Christian College. He is an honorary member of the All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, UK.
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