In this unit students will develop a missional hermeneutic which engages with New Testament texts. This methodology will enable students to identify events and principles within the NT which both critique and support contemporary missional practices.

Unit code: DM9400T (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate missional perspectives in New Testament texts


Develop a missional hermeneutic


Identify missional theory and practice as described in the texts of the NT in their context


Critically evaluate contemporary missional praxis in the light of NT texts


Apply a missional hermeneutic within contemporary contexts

Unit sequence

BN8000T/9T or equivalent


Lectures, and class discussion; assignments

Indicative Bibliography

  • Flemming, Dean. Contextualisation in the New Testament. Downers Grove IL: IVP, 2005.
  • Gallagher, Robert L. & Hertig, Paul (eds). Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context. Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2004.
  • Gorman, Michael J. Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation & Mission. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2015.
  • ______. Abide & Go: Missional Theosis in the Gospel of John. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2018.
  • Larkin, William J. & Williams, Joel F. Mission in the New Testament: An Evangelical Approach. Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1998.
  • Legrand, Lucien. Unity and Plurality: Mission in the Bible. Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1990.
  • Middleton, Richard H. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. Grand Rapids MI: Baker, 2014.
  • Nissen, Johannes. New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical Perspectives Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2004
  • Plummer, Robert L. &Terry, John Mark (eds). Paul’s MIssionary Methods: In His Time and Ours. Downers Grove IL: IVP, 2014.
  • Schnabel, Echkhard. Early Christian Mission (2 Vols.). Downers Grove IL: IVP/ Leicester: Apollos, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Essay (exegesis and application) 3000 words

3000 40.0
Book Review

Book review 1500 words

1500 20.0

Essay (thematic) 3000 words

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-15 15:24:38 +1100