Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission

Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission

by Jayachitra Lalitha (Editor), Mitzi J. Smith (Editor)


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That Christian missionary efforts have long gone hand-in-hand with European colonization and American imperialist expansion in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is well recognized. The linchpin role played in those efforts by the Great Commissionthe risen Christs command to go into all the world and teach all nationshas more often been observed than analyzed, however. With the rise of European colonialism, the Great Commission was suddenly taken up with an eschatological urgency, often explicit in the founding statements of missionary societies; the differentiation of teachers and nations waiting to be taught proved a ready-made sacred sanction for the racialized and androcentric logics of conquest and civilization.

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ISBN-13: 9781451470499
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jayachitra Lalitha is associate professor of New Testament, dean of women's studies and co-ordinator of Church Women Centre of theTamilnadu Theological Seminary, India. She co-chairs World ChristianityGroup of the American Academy of Religion. She is co-editor ofEvangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theologyand Praxis (2014).Mitzi J. Smith is associate professor of New Testament and early Christian studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, Detroit. She has contributed to The Women"s Bible Commentary, Onesimus Our Brother (Fortress Press, 2012), and True to Our Native Land (Fortress Press, 2007), and written The Literary Construction of the Other in the Acts of the Apostles (2011).

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