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“Make Disciples of All Nations”: The Appeal and Authority of Christian Faith in Hellenistic-Roman Times
Stuckenbruck, Loren T., Beth Langstaff and Michael Tilly, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. vi + 223. $125.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 482

Description: The “Great Commission,” which Jesus gave to his disciples according to Matthew 28:19–20, is seen in Christianity as the origin of the mission and the practice of baptism in the church. This text has undergone a great deal of intensive exegesis. In the last 300 years in particular, it was the basis for the missionary work done by many Western churches in all parts of the world, and apart from its significance for the motivation and validation of religious mission, this text was also used as a means of strengthening colonial ideas and interests in developing countries. This volume deals with aspects of the early Christian mission. The articles, which were presented originally at a symposium which took place from 30 September to 1 October 2014, cover problem areas in New Testament exegesis (Gospels, Acts, Paul and Deutero-Pauline letters) as well as in church history (referring to traditions of mission in Africa and Asia), and together they provide an introduction into possible interpretations and perspectives that emerge when reading selected literature attentively. Contributors include Hans-Joachim Eckstein, Desta Heliso, Beth Langstaff, Hermann Lichtenberger, Peter F. Penner, Rainer Riesner, Gunter Stemberger, Gert Steyn, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Li Tang, Michael Tilly, and Korinna Zamfir.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by S. Scott Bartchy
Published 9/9/2020
Citation: S. Scott Bartchy, review of Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Beth Langstaff, and Michael Tilly, eds., “Make Disciples of All Nations”: The Appeal and Authority of Christian Faith in Hellenistic-Roman Times, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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