This page is the ‘live’ version of the ‘Missional Hermeneutics Bibliography’ co-written by Tim Davy and Michael Goheen, Reading the Bible Missionally (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016, edited by Michael Goheen). New publications and links will be added to this bibliography to keep it as up-to-date, comprehensive and useful as possible.
Missional Hermeneutics Bibliography
Tim J. Davy and Michael W. Goheen
The aim of this bibliography is to give a comprehensive orientation to writings on the missional interpretation of the Bible. It is more focused than simply a list of books and articles connecting the Bible and mission. Rather, it notes titles that consciously adopt the method of “missional hermeneutics,” or those whose work is very closely aligned with this approach, as developed since the mid–1990s. It includes books, articles, and chapters in edited volumes. The bibliography also includes a selection of key works that are considered to have been foundational to the emergence of missional hermeneutics.
This online version is curated by Tim J. Davy. Please leave a comment below for suggestions of new titles.
Barth, Karl. “An Exegetical Study of Matthew 28:16–20.” In The Theology of the Christian Mission, edited by Gerald H. Anderson, 55–71. London: SCM, 1961.
Bavinck, Johannes Herman. An Introduction to the Science of Missions. Philadelphia: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1960 (especially 11–76).
Blauw, Johannes. The Missionary Nature of the Church: A Survey of the Biblical Theology of Mission. London: Lutterworth, 1962.
Boer, Harry R. Pentecost and Missions. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1961.
Bosch, David J. “Hermeneutical Principles in the Biblical Foundation for Mission.” Evangelical Review of Theology 17.4 (1993): 437–51.
Bosch, David J. “Mission in Biblical Perspective.” International Review of Mission 74 (1985): 531–38.
Bosch, David J. “Reflections on Biblical Models of Mission.” In Toward the Twenty-First Century in Christian Mission, edited by J. M. Phillips and R. T. Coote, 175–92. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.
Bosch, David J. “The Scope of Mission.” International Review of Mission 73 (1984): 17–32.
Bosch, David J. “The Scope of the BISAM Project.” Mission Studies 6.1 (1989): 61–68.
Bosch, David J. “Towards a Hermeneutic of ‘Biblical Studies and Mission.’” Mission Studies 3.2 (1986): 65–79.
Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991 (especially 15–178).
Bosch, David J. “The Vulnerability of Mission.” Baptist Quarterly 34.8 (1992): 351–63.
Bosch, David J. “The Why and the How of a True Biblical Foundation for Mission.” In Zending Op Weg Naar De Toekomst, edited by J. Verkuyl, 33–45. Kampen: Kok, 1978.
Burnett, David. The Healing of the Nations: The Biblical Basis of the Mission of God. 2nd edition. Carlisle: Paternoster, 1996.
Cullmann, Oscar. “Eschatology and Missions in the New Testament.” In The Theology of the Christian Mission, edited by Gerald H. Anderson, 42–54. London: SCM, 1961.
De Ridder, Richard R. Discipling the Nations. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1971. DuBose, Francis M. God Who Sends: A Fresh Quest for Biblical Mission. Nashville: Broadman, 1983.
Guder, Darrell L. Be My Witnesses: The Church’s Mission, Message, and Messengers. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985.
Jeremias, Joachim. Jesus’ Promise to the Nations. Translated by S. H. Hooke. Studies in Biblical Theology 24. London: SCM, 1958.
Legrand, Lucien. Unity and Plurality: Mission in the Bible. Translated by R. R. Barr. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1990.
Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of the Christian Faith. Translated by John P. Galvin. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982.
Martin-Achard, Robert. “Israel’s Mission to the Nations.” International Review of Missions 51 (1952): 482–84.
Martin-Achard, Robert. A Light to the Nations: A Study of the Old Testament Conception of Israel’s Mission to the World. Translated by John Penney Smith. London: Oliver & Boyd, 1962.
Rowley, H. H. Israel’s Mission to the World. London: SCM, 1939.
Rowley, H.H. The Missionary Message of the Old Testament. London: Carey, 1945.
Senior, Donald, and Carroll Stuhlmueller. The Biblical Foundations for Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1983.
Taber, Charles. “Missiology and the Bible.” Missiology 11.2 (April 1983): 229–45.
Van Swigchem, Douwe. Het Missionaire Karakter van de Christelijke Gemeente Volgens de Brieven van Paulus en Petrus. Kampen: Kok, 1955 (detailed English summary on 256–66).
Verkuyl, Johannes. Contemporary Missiology: An Introduction. Translated by D. Cooper. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978 (especially 89–117).
Wright, G. Ernest. “The Old Testament Basis for the Christian Mission.” In The Theology of the Christian Mission, edited by Gerald H. Anderson, 17–30. London: SCM, 1961.
Ashford, Bruce Riley, ed. Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations. Nashville: B&H, 2011.
Barram, Michael. Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
Bartholomew, Craig G., and Michael W. Goheen. Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.
Bartholomew, Craig G., and Michael W. Goheen. The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama. Grand Rapids: Faith Alive, 2009 (revised shorter version of Drama of Scripture).
Bauckham, Richard. Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003.
Beeby, Harry Daniel. Canon and Mission. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity, 1999.
Blackburn, W. Ross. The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2012.
Brownson, James V. Speaking the Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity, 1998.
Davy, Tim J. The Book of Job and the Mission of God: An Application of a Missional Hermeneutic to the Book of Job. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, forthcoming.
Flemming, Dean. Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005.
Flemming, Dean. Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing, and Telling. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2013.
Flemming, Dean. Why Mission? Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
Glasser, Arthur F., with Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and Shawn B. Redford. Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God’s Mission in the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003.
Goheen, Michael W. Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History, Issues. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2014 (especially 35–72).
Goheen, Michael W. A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
Gorman, Michael J. Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.
Grams, Rollin G., et al., eds. Bible and Mission: A Conversation between Biblical Studies and Missiology. Schwarzenfeld: Neufeld, 2008.
Guder, Darrell L., ed. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Haydock, Nicholas J. Old Testament Theology and the Rest of God. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016.
Haydock, Nicholas. The Theology of the Levitical Priesthood: Assisting God’s People in Their Mission to the Nations. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015.
Johnson, Andy. 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Two Horizons New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.
Laansma, Jon, Grant R. Osborne, and Ray Van Neste, eds. New Testament Theology in Light of the Church’s Mission: Essays in Honor of I. Howard Marshall. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
LaGrand, James. The Earliest Christian Mission to “All Nations” in the Light of Matthew’s Gospel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
Nissen, Johannes. New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical Perspectives. 2nd edition. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2002.
Okoye, James Chukwuma. Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006.
Penner, Peter F. Missionale Hermeneutik: Biblische Texte Kontextuell und Relevant Lesen. Schwarzenfeld: Neufeld, 2012.
Porter, Stanley E., and Cynthia L. Westfall, eds. Christian Mission: Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Developments. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.
Redford, Shawn B. Missiological Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretation for the Global Church. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012.
Russell, Brian D. (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World. Eugene, OR: Cascade.
Schnabel, Eckhard J. Early Christian Mission. 2 volumes. Downers Grove, IL: Inter- Varsity, 2004.
Schwanz, Keith, and Joseph Coleson. Missio Dei: A Wesleyan Understanding. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill, 2011.
Wagner, Ross. Heralds of Good News: Paul and Isaiah “in Concert” in the Letter to the Romans. Leiden: Brill, 2002.
Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Nottingham: Inter-Varsity, 2006.
Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010.
Wright, Christopher J. H. Truth with a Mission: Reading the Bible Missiologically. Cambridge: Grove, 2005.
Articles and Book Chapters
Amstutz, Neil. “Response and Waterford Story.” Mission Focus: Annual Review 15 (2007): 142–46.
Barram, Michael. “The Bible, Mission, and Social Location: Toward a Missional Hermeneutic.” Interpretation 61 (2007): 42–58.
Barram, Michael. “‘Fools for the Sake of Christ’: Missional Hermeneutics and Praxis in the Corinthian Correspondence.” Missiology 43.2 (2015): 195–207.
Barram, Michael. “‘Located’ Questions for a Missional Hermeneutic.” 2006 paper available at gocn.org/resources/articles/located-questions-missional-hermeneutic.
Barram, Michael. “‘Occupying’ Genesis 1–3: Missionally Located Reflections on Biblical Values and Economic Justice.” Missiology 42.4 (2014): 386–98.
Barram, Michael. “A Response at AAR to Hunsberger’s ‘Proposals . . .’ Essay.” The Gospel and Our Culture Newsletter eSeries 2 (2009). Available at gocn.org/resources/ articles/response-aar-hunsberger-s-proposals-essay.
Barton, Mukti. “A Missional Reading of Susanna and the Woman Accused of Adultery.” Rethinking Mission (July 2012). PDF
Bauckham, Richard. “Mission as Hermeneutic for Scriptural Interpretation.” Currents in World Christianity Position Paper 106 (1999).
Beeby, Harry Daniel. “A Missional Approach to Renewed Interpretation.” In Renewing Biblical Interpretation, edited by C. Bartholomew, C. Greene, and K. Möller, 268–83. Grand Rapids: Zondervan; Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000.
Bekele, Girma. “The Biblical Narrative of the Missio Dei: Analysis of the Interpretive Framework of David Bosch’s Missional Hermeneutic.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35.3 (2011): 153–58.
Brownson, James V. “A Response at SBL to Hunsberger’s ‘Proposals . . .’ Essay.” The Gospel and Our Culture Newsletter eSeries 2 (2009). Available at gocn.org/ resources/articles/response-sbl-hunsbergers-proposals-essay.
Brownson, James V. “Speaking the Truth in Love.” International Review of Mission 83 (1994): 479–504.
Carriker, Timothy. “The Bible as Text for Mission.” In Bible in Mission, edited by Pau- line Hoggarth, Fergus Macdonald, Bill Mitchell, and Klaus K. Jørgensen, 29–39. Oxford: Regnum, 2013.
Cerny, Pavel. “The Relationship between Theology and Missiology: The Missional Hermeneutics.” European Journal of Theology 19.2 (2010): 104–9.
Choi, Hunn. “Multicultural Hermeneutics and Mission.” Asbury Journal 70.1 (2015): 111–39.
Dumitrescu, Cristian (2008). “Mission Theology in the Old Testament: A New Paradigm.” Journal of Adventist Mission Studies 4.1 (2008): 43-62. PDF
Flemming, Dean. “Exploring a Missional Reading of Scripture: Philippians as a Case Study.” Evangelical Quarterly 83.1 (2011): 3–18. 334
Flemming, Dean. “Revelation and the Missio Dei: Toward a Missional Reading of the Apocalypse.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 6.2 (2012): 161–78.
Flemming, Dean. “‘Won Over without a Word’: Holiness and the Church’s Missional Identity in 1 Peter.” Wesleyan Theological Journal 49 (Spring 2014): 50–66.
Goheen, Michael W. “Bible and Mission: Missiology and Biblical Scholarship in Dialogue.” In Christian Mission: Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Developments, edited by Stanley E. Porter and Cynthia L. Westfall, 208–32. Eu- gene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.
Goheen, Michael W. “Continuing Steps toward a Missional Hermeneutic.” Fideles 3 (2008): 49–99.
Goheen, Michael W. “A Critical Examination of David Bosch’s Missional Reading of Luke.” In Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation, edited by C. G. Bartholomew, J. B. Green, and A. C. Thiselton, 229–64. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.
Goheen, Michael W. “The Importance of Narrative Theology for Mission.” In Engaging the Na- tions: Contours of Mission Theology in Global Perspectives, edited by Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, forthcoming.
Goheen, Michael W. “The Mission of God’s People and Biblical Interpretation: Exploring N. T. Wright’s Missional Hermeneutic.” Paper for “A Dialogue with N. T. Wright. Jesus: A Public Figure Making a Public Announcement. Mission, Worldview, and the People of God,” Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar, San Francisco, 18 No- vember 2011. Available at 18.104.22.168/~mission/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Missional-Hermeneutic-A-Dialogue-with-NT-Wright.pdf.
Goheen, Michael W. “A Missional Approach to Scripture for the Theological Task.” In The End of Theology: Shaping Theology for the Sake of Mission, edited by Jason S. Sexton and Paul Weston, 1-20. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2016.
Goheen, Michael W. “The Urgency of Reading the Bible as One Story.” Theology Today 64 (2008): 469–83.
Goheen, Michael W., and Christopher J. H. Wright. “Theological Interpretation and a Missional Hermeneutic.” In A Manifesto of Theological Interpretation, edited by Craig G. Bartholomew and Heath Thomas. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming.
Gorman, Michael J. “Missional Musings on Paul.” Catalyst On-line 37.2 (2011). Available at catalystresources.org/missional-musings-on-paul/.
Green, Joel B. “Neglecting Widows and Serving the Word? Acts 6:1–7 as a Test Case for a Missional Hermeneutic.” In Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior: Essays in Honor of I. Howard Marshall, edited by J. Laansma, G. Osborne, and R. Van Neste, 151–60. Carlisle: Paternoster; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011.
Guder, Darrell L. “Biblical Formation and Discipleship.” In Treasure in Clay Jars: Pat- terns in Missional Faithfulness, edited by L. Y. Barrett, 59–73. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
Guder, Darrell L. “Missional Hermeneutics: The Missional Authority of Scripture—Interpreting Scripture as Missional Formation.” Mission Focus: Annual Review 15 (2007): 106–21.
Guder, Darrell L. “Missional Hermeneutics: The Missional Vocation of the Congregation—and How Scripture Shapes That Calling.” Mission Focus: Annual Review 15 (2007): 125–42.
Guder, Darrell L. “Missional Pastors in Maintenance Churches.” Catalyst On-line 31.3 (2005). Available at catalystresources.org/missional-pastors-in-maintenance-churches/.
Hendriks, H. Jurgens. “Contextualising Theological Education in Africa by Doing Theology in a Missional Hermeneutic.” Koers: Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 77.2 (2012).
Hesselgrave, David J. “A Missionary Hermeneutic: Understanding Scripture in the Light of God’s Mission.” International Journal of Frontier Missions 10.1 (1993): 17–20.
Hunsberger, George R. “Proposals for a Missional Hermeneutic: Mapping a Conver-sation.” Missiology 39.3 (2011): 309–21.
Hunsberger, George R. “Proposals for a Missional Hermeneutic: Mapping the Conversation.” The Gospel and Our Culture Newsletter eSeries 2 (2009). Available at gocn.org/resources/newsletters/2009/01/gospel-and-our-culture.
Hwang, Jerry. “‘My Name Will Be Great among the Nations’: The Missio Dei in the Book of the Twelve.” Tyndale Bulletin 65.2 (2014): 161–80.
Hwang, Jerry. “Syncretism after the Exile and Malachi’s Missional Response.” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20.3 (2016): 49-68. PDF
Jabini, Frank S. “Witness to the End of the World: A Missional Reading of Acts 8:26–40.” Conspectus 13.1 (2012).
Keene, Timothy. “A Missional Reading of 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:2; especially 5:21.” Transformation 30.3 (2013): 169–81.
Kelly, Michael B. “Biblical Theology and Missional Hermeneutics: A Match Made for Heaven… on Earth?” In Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves, edited by P. Enns, D. J. Green, and M. B. Kelly, 61–76. Phillipsburg: P&R, 2010.
Lee, Byungohk. “A Missional Hermeneutic of the Other: A Dialogue between Levinas and Confucianism.” Missiology 41.4 (2013): 416–26.
Lee, Kyuboem. “An Urban Missional Reading of Genesis 1.” New Urban World Journal 3.1 (2014): 59–66.
LeMarquand, Grant. “From Creation to New Creation: The Mission of God in the Biblical Story.” In Waging Reconciliation: God’s Mission in a Time of Globalization and Crisis, edited by I. T. Douglas, 9–34. New York: Church Publishing, 2002.
Lines, Kevin P. “Exegetical and Extispicic Readings of the Bible in Turkana, Kenya, and North America.” Asbury Journal 66.1 (2011): 65–94.
Magda, Ksenija. “A Missional Reading of Rom 15:1–12.” Evangelical Journal of Theology 2.1 (2008): 39–52.
Nugent, John. “Response to Kyuboem Lee: An Urban Missional Reading of Genesis 1.” New Urban World Journal 3.1 (2014): 67–68.
Okure, Teresa. “‘In Him All Things Hold Together’: A Missiological Reading of Colossians 1:15–20.” International Review of Mission 91 (2002): 62–72.
Penner, Peter F. “Practising Community in the Early Church: A Missional Reading of the Summary Texts in Acts.” In Mission in Context: Explorations Inspired by J. Andrew Kirk, edited by J. Corrie and C. Ross, 77–91. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.
Russell, Brian D. “What Is a Missional Hermeneutic?” Catalyst On-line 36.4 (2011). Available at catalystresources.org/what-is-a-missional-hermeneutic/. Schertz, Mary. “Response.” Mission Focus: Annual Review 15 (2007): 122–24.
Sexton, Jason. “Reading the Parables Theologically to Read Them Missionally: Test Cases from the Early Galilean Parables in Luke’s Gospel.” Currents in Theology and Mission 40.3 (2013): 165–78.
Stone, Lawson G. “Inhabiting the Garden: Bible, Theology and Mission.” Asbury Journal 66.1 (2011): 6–30.
Stratis, Justin. “Widening the Frame on Redemption History: A Response to Michael Goheen.” In The End of Theology: Shaping Theology for the Sake of Mission, edited by Jason S. Sexton and Paul Weston, 21-34. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2016.
Wagner, Ross. “Missio Dei: Envisioning an Apostolic Reading of Scripture.” Missiology 37.1 (2009): 19–32.
Wieland, George. “Reading Acts Missionally in a City of Migrants.” In God’s People on the Move: Biblical and Global Perspectives on Migration and Mission, edited by VanThanh Nguyen and John N. Prior, 144–58. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014.
Wielenga, Bob. “The Suffering Witness: A Missiological Reading of Lamentations.” In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi 41.1 (2007), 69-86.
Wielenga, Bob. “Renewal and Reconstruction: Holy Writ in Ezra-Nehemiah—A Missional Reading.” In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi 47.1 (2013).
Wolters, Albert M. “Mission and the Interpretation of Zechariah 8:20–23.” In That the World May Believe: Essays on Mission and Unity in Honour of George Vandervelde, edited by Michael W. Goheen and Margaret O’Gara, 1–13. Lan- ham, MD: University Press of America, 2006.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “‘According to the Scriptures’: The Whole Gospel in Biblical Revelation.” Evangelical Review of Theology 33.1 (2009): 4–18.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “Lamentations: A Book for Today.” International Bulletin of Missionary Re- search 39.2 (2015): 59–64.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “Mission and Old Testament Interpretation.” In Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address, edited by Craig G. Bartholomew and David J. H. Beldman, 180–203. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “Mission as a Matrix for Hermeneutics and Biblical Theology.” In Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation, edited by C. Bartholomew et al., 102–43. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “The Old Testament and Christian Mission.” Evangel 14.2 (1996): 37–43. 337
Wright, Christopher J. H. “Old Testament Theology of Mission.” In Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, edited by A. Scott Moreau, 706–9. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “‘Prophet to the Nations”: Missional Reflections on the Book of Jeremiah.” In God of Faithfulness: Essays in Honour of J. Gordon McConville on His 60th Birthday, edited by J. A. Grant, A. Lo, and G. J. Wenham, 112–29. London: T&T Clark, 2011.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “Truth with a Mission: Reading All Scripture Missiologically.” Southern Bap- tist Journal of Theology 15.2 (2011): 4–15.
Wright, Christopher J. H. “Truth with a Mission: Reading Scripture Missiologically.” In Fanning the Flame: Bible, Cross, and Mission, edited by P. Gardner, C. Wright, and C. Green, 221–39. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.
Wright, N.T. “Paul and Missional Hermeneutics”, in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective, edited by S. McKnight and J.B. Modica, 179-192. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.
Journal Issues Devoted to the Topic of Missional Hermeneutics
Encounters Mission Journal 29 (June 2009): “The Bible and Mission.”
Encounters Mission Journal 33 (May 2010): “The Psalms and Mission.”
Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis 5.1 (February 2014): “Missional Hermeneutics.”