International Mission Bibliography: 1960-2000

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International Mission Bibliography: 1960-2000. Edited by Norman E, Thomas. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2003. Pp. xvii, 873. $130.

Norman Thomas has impressive credentials as a missions bibliographer. From 1965 to 1999 he served as book review editor of Missiology, and he chaired the Documentation, Archives, and Bibliography Working Group of the International Association for Mission Studies from 1988 to 1992. In that capacity he undertook the compilation of an international, annotated bibliography of contemporary books on missiology, a project on which he and an editorial board of thirty-six worked for eighteen years.

As published, this bibliography has several serious flaws. The editor refers to the bibliography as a "database" (pp. xvii, 873), and doubtless the printed book was produced from an electronic database. The editor also refers to the development of subject headings (p. xvi), but there is no subject access in the printed version beyond the twenty general categories into which it is organized and their subdivisions.

One might contrast this publication with the database developed by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh, "Cumulative Bibliography of the International Review of Mission" (http://webdb. …