This unit provides an overview of the biblical witness to the centrality of mission for Christian theology and discipleship. Moving beyond traditional appeals to texts which command missionary activity, the course will help the student to understand how the theological and hermeneutical issues related to mission are explored in the canonical texts. These include: God’s relationship to the world in creation and salvation; the vocation of God’s people in relation to the nations and creation; the complex relationship between biblical faith and culture. Throughout, the unit will explore the ways that a critical understanding of the biblical text shapes mission and Christian discipleship in a complex world.

Unit code: BS8030P (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Biblical Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Compare and contrast the different depictions of mission across a range of biblical texts


Articulate the relationship between recurring major biblical themes which inform a theology of mission


Critically discuss significant scholarly shifts in construing the biblical theology of mission


Apply a missional hermeneutical for the reading of scripture


Demonstrate a critical understanding of mission drawn from the biblical text


Lecturers, tutorials


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (5000 words) with the question developed in conjunction with the lecturer

0 75.0
Book Review

book review (1000 words)

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-25 08:13:47 +1100