The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions

The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions

by Paul G. Hiebert


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While the gospel is timeless truth, it enters into ever-changing and widely varied human contexts. In order to meaningfully communicate the gospel to particular humans, those involved in cross-cultural ministry need to understand people and the particular influences—social, cultural, psychological, and ecological—that shape them. Further, we must understand ourselves and the influences that have shaped us, since our own contexts influence how we understand and transmit the gospel message. Therefore, we must master not only the skill of biblical interpretation but also the skill of human interpretation. That task is the topic of this book, the summation of a lifetime of experience and thinking by a world-renowned missiologist and anthropologist, the late Paul Hiebert.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801036811
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 1,235,468
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

The late Paul G. Hiebert (1932-2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, having previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also served as a pastor and missionary to India. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books in the fields of anthropology and missions.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theoretical Foundations
1. Changing Views
2. Missional Theology
Part 2: Exegeting Humans
3. Changing Images
4. Early Anthropology
5. Recent Anthropology
6. A Systems Approach
7. Research Methods
Part 3: Mission as Intercultural Mediation
8. Missions as Glocal Mediation
9. Missionaries as Global Mediators

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