Mission-Commitment in Ancient Judaism
& in the Pauline Communities
The Shape, Extent & Background of Early Christian Mission

By John P. Dickson
October 2003
Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3-16-148070-8
426 pages, 6 1/8" x 9 1/8"
$127.50 Paper Original

To what extent did the first Christians seek to make converts, i.e. engage in 'mission', in their unbelieving world? Was ancient Judaism a missionary religion? John Dickson offers a carefully nuanced picture of the shape and extent of mission-commitment in Judaism and early Christianity. Contents include: Chapter 1 Winning the Gentiles: mission and missionaries in ancient Judaism, Chapter 2 Promoting the Torah: mission-commitment amongst the Jewish faithful, Chapter 3 Heralds and partners: the structure of Pauline Mission, Chapter 4 Heralds at home: evangelists and the local church, Chapter 5 The eschatological herald: gospel and authorization from Isaiah to Paul, Chapter 6 Providing for the gospel: mission-commitment as financial assistance, Chapter 7 Interceding for the gospel: mission-commitment as prayer, Chapter 8 Not 'leaving the world': mission-commitment as social integration, Chapter 9 Adorning the gospel: mission-commitment as ethical apologetic, Chapter 10 Words of truth and grace: mission-commitment as public worship and as verbal apologetic, Chapter 11 Summary and conclusions: mission-commitment in ancient Judaism and in the Pauline communities.

Religious History
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2, No. 159

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