What should be the relationship between evangelism and social action in mission work? Should they both characterize missions? To answer these questions this article looks at different views on this issue. It discusses the relationship between the Great Commission, the Great Commandment, and the call to the church to seek justice.
What is redaction criticism? Osborne argues that it is a very positive tool for biblical interpretation. The aim of this article is to apply redaction criticism to the Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20, to work towards a better understanding of the passage. Osborne then wants to apply it for a better understanding of inerrancy.
Beale notes the cultic affinities drawn between the garden of Eden and the temple of Israel. The word pair usually translated as "cultivate" ('abad) and "keep" (shamar) occur together in the Old Testament elsewhere referring only either to Israelites "serving" God and "guarding" (keeping) God's Word, or to priests who "keep" the "service" (or "charge") of the tabernacle.
Chapter 2 wants to answer the question, “What is the church’s mission in the world?” The authors think it best to start with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19. First, they examine a few other passages that are sometimes understood as offering a fuller mission identity for the church: Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 19:5–6, Luke 4:16–21.