In this book, Theodore Mascarenhas examines three Psalms-most representative of the missionary function in the Psalter-to determine if there is a missionary function assigned to Israel. Mascarenhas considers other instances in the Psalter which hint at a missionary function for Israel, and concludes that the Psalter repeatedly affirms Israel's election and privileged position, which paradoxically compels it to bring others to its God. In the end, Mascarenhas applies his conclusions to a current situation (India) that exhibits striking similarities and parallels to ancient Israel.
Theodore Mascarenhas holds a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontificio Instituto Biblico, Rome, Italy. A member of the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, Mascarenhas is a Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament at Pilar Theological College (Goa, India), Loyola University Chicago, Rome Centre of Liberal Arts (Rome, Italy), and the Institute of Religious Sciences, Gregorian University (Rome, Italy).
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 List of Abbreviations Chapter 3 General Introduction: The Theme; The Motivation and the Need for this Study; Project Plan and Method; Indications on Bibliography and Footnotes Chapter 4 A Introduction to Mission and Missionary Function in the Old Testament and the Psalter: Mission and Missionary Function: It's Expression in the Old Testament: Introduction; A Brief Historical Review of the Term "Mission"; Mission and Missionary F Chapter 5 An Exegetico-Theological Analysis of Psalms 67, 96, and 117 Israel, a Blessing to the Nations: Introduction; The Text; Psalms 65-68 as a Group; Form and Setting; Dating; The Missionary Content of Ps 67; Conclusion; The Missionary Message of Ps Chapter 6 Conclusions Regarding the Mission and Missionary Function of Israel in the Psalter: Israel's Missionary Function: Introduction; Conclusions about the Missionary Function in Ps 67, 96, and 117; The Missionary Function of Israel Elsewhere in the Ps