Mission and the Old Testament

An interview with Chris Wright:

Chris Wright is International Director of Langham Partnership International, and author of The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Interviewer: Tim Davy, Editor, Encounters.
Firstly, tell us a bit about your background. Would you describe yourself as an Old Testament scholar or a missiologist?
I was brought up in a Christian home; my parents had been missionaries in Brazil for 20 years before I was born (I am the youngest of four). So I was taught the Bible well within a missionary ethos – so perhaps it’s not surprising that I have a passion for both. But I think if I had to choose, I would be considered as an OT Scholar, rather than a missiologist, since I have never done formal missiological degrees, and there are many other branches of missiology than just the biblical dimension that I focus on (e.g. historical study of mission, systematic theological issues, cultural and social anthropology, linguistics, mission strategy, ethical and pastoral dimensions of ‘member-care’, etc. etc.).

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