Bible and Mission resources for a new year

ImageOne of the aims of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission is to act as a signpost to loads of great resources that will help you think about mission in the Bible and the Bible in mission.

As I mentioned in Wednesday’s post on Ed Stetzer on Missions vs Missional, we are beginning a new academic year at Redcliffe College over the next few days. Whether they are studying as part of our Degree in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts or our MA in Bible and Mission, I will be pointing them to the Bible and Mission resources highlighted in this site. In particular, we have worked hard to list books and articles that will be useful. Many of these are freely accessible to read online so we’ve provided links where possible.

So, take a look around our resources section and enjoy! And if there is anything missing do let us know.

Free access to Ujamaa Centre Bible and Mission resources

Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research logo
Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research logo. From their website.

It is always good to look at and learn from projects that take text and context seriously. The Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research is based at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. It describes itself as:

an interface between socially engaged biblical and theological scholars, organic intellectuals, and local communities of the poor, working-class, and marginalised. Together we use biblical and theological resources for individual and social transformation.

In particular, check out two pages in the resources section: Academic Resources and Practical Resources. I’ve listed the contents below for each but you’ll need to go to their website to access the links:

Ujamaa: Academic Resources

John 9 and HIV
Matthew 20 and Day Labourers
Esther and Contextual Bible Study method.

1. Other academic resources

James, G.L. Tell it like it is! The case to include the story of the rape of Tamar in children’s Bibles as an awareness tool.


Kumalo, S. The palace, the parish and the power: Church-State relations in Rwanda and the genocide

Kumalo, S.Transforming South African Methodism: The”Journey to the New Land” Programme 1992-1997.

West, G. O. (1997). Reading on the Boundaries: reading 2 Samuel 21: 1-14 with Rizpah. Scriptura, 63, 527-537.

West, G. O. (2006a). Contextual Bible reading: a South African case study. Analecta Bruxellensia, 11, 131-148.

West, G. O., & Zondi-Mabizela, P. (2004). The Bible story that became a campaign: the Tamar Campaign in South Africa (and beyond). Ministerial Formation, 103, 4-12.

West, G. O., Zondi-Mabizela, P., Maluleke, M., Khumalo, H., Matsepe, P. S., & Naidoo, M. (2004).Rape in the House of David: the biblical story of Tamar as a resource for transformation Agenda, 61, 36-41.

West, G. O. (2007). Thabo Mbek’s Bible: the role of religion in the South African public realm after liberation October, draft paper.

Ujamaa: Practical Resources

1. Doing Contextual Bible Study: A Resource Manual

Part 1: Introducing Contextual Bible Study
Part 2: Contextual Bible Studies

2. Contextual Bible Study, by Gerald West.

This book is available from Cluster Publications:

3. Tamar Campaign: Contextual Bible Study Manual on Gender-based Violence

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

4. “Economic Matters” Contextual Bible Studies series

5. “Redemptive Masculinity” Contextual Bible Studies series

6. Workshop presentations of Contextual Bible Study methodology

“Mark 12″ Contextual Bible Study
“Redemptive Masculinities” Contextual Bible Study

7. Contextual Bible Studies on “Land”

8. Bible studies by Prof Tinyiko Maluleke (Unisa) published in Challenge Magazine

Reconciliation: its Beneficiaries and its Victims
Behold and Beware! The Poor are Standing at the Gates!
Beyond the Politics of the Stomach
Three Models of Manhood: In Search of Real Men
Crowd Control or Compassionate Ministry? Aspects of a New Model of Ministry
Christmas: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Defenseless Baby Jesus in the Midst of the Defenseless Children of the World
Maids, Madams and Adams: the Unfinished Story of Martha and Mary

9. An Indian contextual Bible study on state land acquisition

10. A Bible study on Judges 11 by Cheryl Anderson

Bible and mission blogs

Every Tongue blogLately, we’ve been developing the Bible and Mission resources section of the microsite. Last week Wycliffe Bible Translators’ Eddie Arthur suggested that this section would “keep anyone in reading material for the next decade or two.” We are working on it Eddie!!
Here are some blogs we’ve come across that have dealt in some way with the themes of the Bible and mission, and missional hermeneutics. Let us know if there are more:
Realmeal ministries – Brian Russell; nb. missional hermeneutics page and tags here and here
Kouya Chronicle – Eddie Arthur
Cross Talk – Michael Gorman; nb. missional hermeneutic tag
Everytongue – Mark Woodward; nb. missional hermeneutics tag
Billington’s blog – Antony Billington; nb. missional hermeneutics tag

As we continue to build up the resources section, please let us know how it can best serve you in your Bible and mission thinking and practice.

Tyndale Bulletin archive

The wonderful people at Tyndale House have put online over 50 years worth of articles from the Tyndale Bulletin archive. This has been a key scholarly resource since its beginnings in 1956 so it is fantastic to have it all (apart from the latest three years) up there for all the world to access. There is no search function as such but you can always look for stuff using Ctrl-f.

Here’s what I found searching for ‘nations’:

Israel and the Nations: An Essay in Biblical Theology
Charles H.H. Scobie

God and His People in the Nation’s History: A Contextualised Reading of Amos 1 & 2
M. Daniel Carroll R.

Eschatology and Ethics: The Future of Israel and the Nations in Romans 15:1-13     
Scott Hafemann

The Destiny of the Nations in Revelation 21:1–22:5: A Reconsideration
Dave Mathewson

‘I Am Against You’: Yahweh’s Judgement on the Nations and its Ancient Near Eastern Context
Simon Sherwin

Malachi 1:11 and the Worship of the Nations in the Old Testament
Miss J. G. Baldwin

Happy hunting!