This is the title of a forthcoming book I came across today, which will be published at the end of June. The Gospel Among the Nations: A Documentary History of Inculturation by Robert A. Hunt looks like it will be a very helpful reference work for those thinking through the crucial issue of how Christians might engage cross-culturally with the Gospel. Obviously I’ve not had a chance to read the book yet but I imagine it is likely to make its way onto the bibliography of the ‘Bible Engagement in Intercultural Contexts’ module of our new MA in Bible and Mission.

Here’s the publisher blurb:

Offers the most comprehensive collection available of original texts illustrating how Christians throughout the ages have struggled to inculturate the gospel.

The Gospel Among the Nations brings together in a single volume the most important primary documents illustrating how Christians have dealt with the most fundamental issue of the church’s mission: how to translate the gospel in new cultural settings.The texts range from Pope Gregory’s famous instructions to Augustine of Canterbury on his mission to England, to W. E. Hocking’s fateful “Attitudes toward People of Other Faiths.”

Beginning with a masterful introduction to the theme, Robert Hunt assembles scores of texts that reveal the way that missionaries, church leaders, and local Christians have contributed to the extension of Christianity over two millennia, and thus made it truly a world religion. The Gospel Among the Nations is an essential resource for students, researchers and practitioners in world Christian history and mission studies.

Robert A. Hunt is director of global theological education at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas,Texas. He is a past president of the Association of Professors of Mission and a member of the American Society of Missiology’s Renewal and Strategic Planning task force.

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