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Repositioning the use of the Bible towards a mission-oriented theological education

Adekunle O. Dada
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 34, No 1 | a696 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v34i1.696 | © 2013 Adekunle O. Dada | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 November 2011 | Published: 24 May 2013

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Adekunle O. Dada, Department of Biblical Studies and Near East Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa


It is an undeniable fact that mission remains the cardinal essence of the Church. However, in Africa and in Nigeria, the Church seems to have lost focus regarding the main reason for its existence, namely mission. One of the factors responsible for this may be the form of theological education in vogue. In view of this anomaly, this paper reflects on how the study of the Bible, which serves as the primary basis for theological education in some institutions, can be repositioned to enhance a mission-oriented theological education. The importance of proper interpretation of the Bible in enhancing missions can be premised on the fact that a sound biblical hermeneutics is prerequisite to the formulation of an effective and functional theology of missions. If our theology of mission is faulty, the practice cannot be anything but flawed. In view of this, the paper explores ways in which the Bible can be meaningfully studied in order to promote a mission-oriented theological education.


Missions; Theological education; Bible; African culture


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