Mission in Bold Humility: David Bosch's Work Considered

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Mission in Bold Humility: David Bosch's Work Considered.

Edited by Willem Saayman and Klippies Kritzinger. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1996. Pp. viii, 184. Paperback $20.

Does a missiologist merit a second Festscrift? Yes, if his name is David Bosch, the noted former dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of South Africa (UNISA). In 1990 members of the Southern African Missiological Society honored their founder-president with a first Festscrift, entitled Mission in Creative Tension: A Dialogue with David Bosch. This second Festscrift complements the first. Following Bosch's untimely death in 1992, the editors, his longtime colleagues in the missiology faculty at UNISA, gathered appraisals of his work by distinguished missiologists outside South Africa.

It contains three types of essays. Six are appraisals of Bosch's work. Remarkably, they contain little duplication. The editors assess Bosch as a South African church leader. Frans Verstraelen summarizes and critiques his writings-in English, Dutch, and Afrikaans-for content and relevance to Africa. Those by Willem Saayman, John Pobee, and Christopher Sugden evaluate the importance of his thought respectively for South Africa, African theology, and that of the TwoThirds World. Emilio Castro adds a personal reflection on Bosch as an "ecumenical personality" (pp. 162-66).

In three essays contributors develop important themes raised by Bosch: eschatology (Jacob Kavunkal), the mission dynamic-missio Dei (Wilbert Shenk), and theology of religions (Gerald Anderson). …

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