Lately I’ve been really engaged by a few people who’ve been working out what a missional hermeneutic (ie reading the bible through the lens of mission) would look like. They are: Michael J. Gorman in his recent series of posts on “Missional Hermeneutics” at his blogsite; Joel Greens thoughts in his book “Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture” regarding the connection of the formation of the church with her reading of Scripture; Christopher J Wright’s thoughts in his book “The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative“; and the several insightful missiologists over at the “Gospel and Our Culture Project.” Missional hermeneutics is a form of theological interpretation. As Tremper Longman has suggested there are broadly speaking three ways to study Scripture: historical, literary, and theological. Missional hermeneutics fits in the third of these categories.
This is my first attempt at creating something that sums up what “Reading the Bible Missionally” should look like. This handout is more technical than the next version I’m considering creating, and it should be noted that I’ve left out a more serious form of biblical-theological argumentation for reading scripture in a missional way. Consider this my “beta version” of the handout. I’d love to hear any thoughts you have: critical or otherwise.
Click here to download the pdf, “Reading the Bible Missionally.”