Who Said, No Mission In The Old Testament: A Theological Framework Of Mission In The Isaianic Literature

ISSUE: Vol.6  No.4 July 2020 Article 2  pp.223 -235
AUTHORS: Elisha Kwabena Marfo
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020072
Manuscript Received 3rd June 2020, Accepted 20th July 2020, Published online 24th July 2020.

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ABSTRACT

This paper delineates the theological framework of the Isaianic theology of mission and how mission contributes to the overall theology of Isaianic literature. In the theological synthesis, the investigation established that there is a connection between YHWH, His attributes, mission, Israel, and the nations. The article revealed how YHWH relates to His mission and creation as well as to His redemptive purpose for all humanity. The abundant evidence in Isaianic literature concerning the theology of mission is related to the realization that YHWH’s redemptive or salvific plans and work are inescapable when His mission to all humanity is a concern. When these are misjudged, a disconnect between YHWH’s attributes and His redemptive purpose for the peoples of the whole universe occurs. YHWH has established an inseparable union between His mission and salvation to all humanity. Through the mission theology, Isaiah’s language of redemption is sharpened, and the tenor of his salvific purpose espoused.

Keywords: YHWH, Mission, Isaianic literature, theology, Isreal, Nations

Author’s Biodata: Elisha Kwabena Marfo, PhD is a Lecturer of Old Testament Languages, Exegesis, and Theology at Valley View University, Oyibi-Accra, Ghana. Email: elisha.marfo@vvu.edu.gh

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