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WCF.M3.L3 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze the emphases on universality and particularity in Israel during the intertestamental period.
  • Describe the character and message of Jewish missions among the Gentiles before Christianity.
  • Explain Jewish messianism and the role of the Gentiles in it during this period.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 7-8Lesson 03 Introduction

  • General
  • Stark: The Rise of Christianity
  • 147-162Urban Chaos and Crisis

  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-7ch. 2 Biblical Background: Expansion in the Apostolic Period

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 501Intertestamental Studies
  • 989-990Universality of Mission

  • Schiffman: “The Concept of the Messiah in Second Temple and Rabbinic Literature”
  • 235-246Review and Expositor (Spring 1987) 84,2 ATLA Religion Database

  • Alphabet Makers
  •  African Alphabets

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 44-45The Birth of World Religions 1500 BC- 600 AD
  • 62-63Religions of the Medieval World 600-1500

  • Ethnographic Interview:

  • Do assigned tasks; think of possible informants; keep a log.
  • Spradley: The Ethnographic Interview
  • 42-43The Developmental Research Sequence
  • 45-54Locating an Informant

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 8-11Lesson 03 Review

  • Optional
  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 5-7Clement: Divine Truth Through Philosophy

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 555-558Malaysia

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 3
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • During the intertestamental period, how do you think the average Israelite would resolve the dynamic tension between the proclamation of the universal worship of God (Mal 1:5,11,14; 3:12; 4:5-6) and the particular separation of Israel (Mal 2:10-12; 3:16-18; 4:1-6)? Which would be the easier of the two emphases to default to, and why?

  • What kind of mission outreach to the Gentiles do you think would have arisen out of the collective efforts of pious Jewish homes outside the land of Israel, such as that described in Philipplians 3:1-6? What would be two foundational assumptions of the “evangelistic message” of these missionary efforts?

  • In light of the words of Mary (Lk 1:45-55), Zacharias (Lk 1:67-79), and Simeon (Lk 2:25-35), how would you summarize these pious Jews’ expectation of the coming of the Messiah? What was their view of the way in which the Gentiles would fit into the picture?