oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Mission as prophecy: Reading the Apocalypse as forthtelling rather than foretelling
|Article Title||Mission as prophecy: Reading the Apocalypse as forthtelling rather than foretelling|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Missiology, University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Aug 2005|
|Pages||315 - 328|
|Keyword(s)||Church-state relationships, Contextual-historical reading, Cultic exercise, Extra-biblical apocalyptic writing, Symbolism of Apocalypse, Visionary-rhetorical reading and World system of oppression|
The article introduces mission as prophecy as a metaphorical understanding of mission, by reading the Apocalypse from a visionary-metorical perspective. First, it explains the preference to speak of mission in metaphorical terms rather than in watertight definitions. Second, it present a theologica/-missiological reading of the Apocalypse in the South African context. Third, it shows the trickiness of advancing the notion of mission as prophecy in post-apartheid South Africa. In conclusion, it presents a broad outline proposal for prophetic witness in South Africa and a globalised world.
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