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

Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

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

Mission in the Old Testament Israel as a Light to the Nations A capable treatment that contends the missionary mandate does not begin with the Great Commission but runs through the entire Old Testament

  • Title: Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations
  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780801022289
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • A capable treatment that contends the missionary mandate does not begin with the Great Commission, but runs through the entire Old Testament.

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    One thought on “Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations

    1. Kessia Reyne on said:

      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, [...]

    2. Bethany on said:

      Fascinating. Deep in a way that I needed to read it slowly and digest. Academic while still being understandable. It pointed me to scripture over and over again and made me fall more deeply in love with God and His massive plan for us. The book gives a solid glimpse into the broad story arc between the Old and New Testaments and how the mission paradigm in both rely on one another. I learned a lot and will continue to ruminate.

    3. Evan Gartman on said:

      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.

    4. Jason on said:

      This was a great book for a very short quick overview of missions in the Old Testament. Very thoughtful as Walter Kaiser is one of the leading Old Testament scholars. He is also a very good writer and lays out a good case for God's heart encapsulating more than just Israel in the Old Testament.

    5. Louis Fritz v on said:

      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 [...]

    6. Robert Murphy on said:

      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 [...]

    7. Abigail on said:

      Excellent short book! A must-read, particularly for anyone wondering about the connection between Old and New Testaments or the significance of non-Jews as part of God's redemptive plan. "The case for evangelizing the Gentiles had not been a recently devised switch in the plan of God, but has always been the long-term commitment of the Living God who is a missionary God." - page 82All the way back to Genesis, God has intentioned that all ethic groups come to know and glorify Him.This is such bas [...]

    8. Mark A Powell on said:

      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.

    9. Kristi-Joy on said:

      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.

    10. BJ on said:

      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.

    11. Chris Armer on said:

      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.

    12. Matthew on said:

      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.

    13. Guillaume Bourin on said:

      Good book, well written, with fresh insights. However, I was not convinced by Kaiser's centrifugal approach.

    14. Matthew Bandy on said:

      Fantastic! OT is all about missions so all Scripture is a message of redemption and salvation for all nations.

    15. Doutor Branco on said:

      Quite nice! Very important issue in some Christian circle.

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