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Message and Mission (Revised Edition)

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Preface to the Revised Edition

  1. An Introduction to Communication
  2. The Theological Basis of Communication
  3. The Structure of Communication
  4. Form and Meaning in Communication
  5. Language as Code System and Information
  6. Language Symbols and Meaning
  7. Message and Media
  8. The Dynamics of Communication
  9. Scripture Translation and Revision as Techniques of Communication
  10. The Structure of Societies
  11. Communication and Social Structure
  12. Psychological Relationships in Communication
  13. Religion and Communication
  14. Religious Symbolism and Behavior
  15. Christian Movements



About the Author

Message and Mission (Revised Edition)
The Communication of the Christian Faith
Eugene A. Nida
How can the church meaningfully and intelligently engage cultures with Christianity?

Eugene Nida, a leading scholar and devout Christian, presents a thorough study of the means and methods which best communicate Christianity to people of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Nida is uniquely equipped to write this book. He is a well-known specialist in linguistics, anthropology studies, and the interpretation of the Christian faith, who worked with missionaries on translation problems for over thirty years.


  • One measure of the remarkable character of this book is the fact that it is still the most ambitious and so far, the most comprehensive attempt by an American to analyze both the technical and theological requirements of Christian communication. Indispensable for everyone seriously interested in making sense in a multi-cultural world.
    James A. ShererProfessor of World Mission, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
  • Nida’s Message and Mission is the most useful of his many writings. It is not only the finest book known to me on the exciting, complex task of the communication of the Christian faith, but throws a great deal of light on the Scriptures themselves. My feelings cannot be exaggerated: not just cross-cultural workers, but every seminarian out to digest this book.
    Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D.Author, The Church and Cultures

Additional Details

  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publish Year: 1990
  • ISBN: 9780878087563
  • Vendor: William Carey Library