Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission

Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission

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Overview

That Christian missionary efforts have long gone hand-in-hand with European colonization and American imperialist expansion. The role played in those efforts by the “Great Commission” – the risen Christ’s command to “teach all nations” – has more often been observed than analyzed. 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: 9781451479898
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 997 KB

About the Author

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 Construction of the Other in Acts of the Apostles.

Jayachitra Lalitha is associate professor of New Testament, dean of women’s studies and co-ordinator of Church Women Centre of Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, India.
Jayachitra Lalitha is associate professor of New Testament at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, India.

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