Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament

Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament 122 Book Reviews / Mission Studies 25 (2008) 115–152 Israel and the Nations: A Mission Th eology of the Old Testament. By James Chukwuma Okoye. Maryknoll, New York, US, Orbis Books 2006. Pp. xix + 178. $28.00. Nigerian Catholic priest James Okoye, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Th eological Union, Chicago, seeks to redress the relative lack of attention paid to mission in the Old Testament (OT) by missiologists. David Bosch, for example, devotes five pages to mission in the OT in Transforming Mission . Th is typical paucity of academic attention makes Okoye’s Israel and the Nations an important addition to works that explore the bibli- cal roots for mission. As the author points out, to ignore the missionary dimensions of the OT is to ignore Israel’s cultural and religious traditions in which Jesus, the missionary par excellence , was nurtured. Okoye describes his methodology as “intertextual and ‘canon conscious’,” which allows him to study not just a particular text, but to consider as well its possible adaptations and reinterpretations in the OT, and on occasion in the New Testament. Okoye begins by critiquing two commonly assumed binary oppositions: first, mission understood as centripetal or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mission Studies Brill

Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament

Mission Studies , Volume 25 (1): 122 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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122 Book Reviews / Mission Studies 25 (2008) 115–152 Israel and the Nations: A Mission Th eology of the Old Testament. By James Chukwuma Okoye. Maryknoll, New York, US, Orbis Books 2006. Pp. xix + 178. $28.00. Nigerian Catholic priest James Okoye, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Th eological Union, Chicago, seeks to redress the relative lack of attention paid to mission in the Old Testament (OT) by missiologists. David Bosch, for example, devotes five pages to mission in the OT in Transforming Mission . Th is typical paucity of academic attention makes Okoye’s Israel and the Nations an important addition to works that explore the bibli- cal roots for mission. As the author points out, to ignore the missionary dimensions of the OT is to ignore Israel’s cultural and religious traditions in which Jesus, the missionary par excellence , was nurtured. Okoye describes his methodology as “intertextual and ‘canon conscious’,” which allows him to study not just a particular text, but to consider as well its possible adaptations and reinterpretations in the OT, and on occasion in the New Testament. Okoye begins by critiquing two commonly assumed binary oppositions: first, mission understood as centripetal or

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