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Reading Hebrews Missiologically

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Part 1: The Missionary Motive of Hebrews

Chapter 1: Hebrews and Missions: Renarrating the World in Christ By Matthew Aaron Bennett

Chapter 2: Missio Dei the Grand Narrative in the Epistle to the Hebrews By Linda P. Saunders

Chapter 3: Christ Outside the Gate: How Hebrews 13 and Galilee Locate Mission for Jesus and Relocate Mission for Us By Allen Yeh

Chapter 4: The Incarnation and the Mission of God By Michael P. Naylor

Part 2: The Missionary Message of Hebrews

Chapter 5: Missional Hospitality in Hebrews: Welcoming God and Welcoming the Stranger By Edward L. Smither

Chapter 6: Hope as an Anchor: The Missional Message of the Pilgrim People of God By Jessica A. Udall

Chapter 7: Mission Hope in a Storm-Tossed World By Irwyn Ince

Part 3: The Missionary Methods of Hebrews

Chapter 8: Evangelism in the Epistle to the Hebrews By Abeneazer G. Urga

Chapter 9: Superior Communication Skills: Modes of Divine Communication in Hebrews and the Implications for Christian Mission By Sigurd Grindheim

Chapter 10: African American Missiological Use of Hebrews: From the Antebellum Period to the Twentieth Century By Jessica N. Janvier

Chapter 11: From Milk to Meat: Implications in Hebrews for Missiological Developments in Discipleship Methods By Sarah Lunsford

Part 4: Review and Response

Chapter 12: Looking through Three Hermeneutical Lenses:

A Review of Reading Hebrews Missiologically By Robert L. Gallagher

About the Contributors 

Scripture Index 

Reading Hebrews Missiologically
The Missionary Motive, Message, and Methods of Hebrews
Abeneazer G. Urga, Edward L. Smither, and Linda P. Saunders, Editors

Gaining New Insights from Hebrews

God’s interactions with Israel were a foreshadowing of the perfect reality in the person of Jesus: absolutely God and absolutely human. Jesus came to earth to establish his kingdom and all that God had initiated in the old covenant. There is a continuity of theological understanding as we move from the Old Testament to the letter sent to the Christians in Rome.

The discussion on the theology of mission in the New Testament usually focuses on Jesus and Paul, with minimal attention given to the General Epistles. However, Reading Hebrews Missiologically tries to fill that gap and focuses on the theology of mission in the book of Hebrews and fleshes out the unique contribution it has to the discussion of a New Testament theology of mission. The twelve contributors—from various theological, geographical, and missiological contexts—explore the missionary motive, the missionary message, and the missionary method of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

All Scripture can be read missiologically, and the letter to the Hebrews, with its emphasis on the supremacy of Christ, is no exception. We pray that this book will inspire fresh approaches to practical mission in the world today.


  • Reading Hebrews Missiologically offers a collection of essays that model for us a new way of reading the Bible with our missional lenses on that is both communal and collaborative.

    Harvey Kwiyani, PhDCEO, Global Connections, UK

  • Rich in intellectual engagement and scholarly diversity, readers will encounter essays that draw from the best of Hebrews scholarship for a fresh missiological end.

    Rev. Amy Peeler, PhDAssociate Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School Author, “You Are My Son”: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Reading Hebrews Missiologically is a brilliant integration of missiology, theology, and biblical exegesis. It demonstrates a fruitful approach to missiological hermeneutics.

    Brad Vaughn, PhD Author, Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes and One Gospel for All Nations

Additional Details

  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 2023
  • ISBN: 9781645084556
  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing