Original Research

A fruitful missional exegesis for a missional hermeneutic and missiology

Timothy A. van Aarde, Lygunda Li-M
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 51, No 2 | a2235 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v51i2.2235 | © 2017 Timothy A. van Aarde, Lygunda Li-M | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 2017 | Published: 31 August 2017

About the author(s)

Timothy A. van Aarde, Department of Humanities, North-West University, Vanderbijl Park Campus, South Africa
Lygunda Li-M, Department of Missiology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


Bosch (1991:497) advocated for a ‘third-way’ (Bekele 2011:155; Du Plessis 1990:83) in which a deductive and an inductive approach were unified in a creative tension. A fruitful interdependence is achieved by means of the methodological approach of missional exegesis in which text and context are interrelated in a fruitful biblical way reaping the benefits of both the biblical and missional disciplines for a missional hermeneutic. In this approach the formula, t (text) + c (context) = ms (missional strategy), is suggested by the authors as the starting point for two-directional exegesis from text to context, or context to text, in which neither text nor context is emphasised at the exclusion of expense of the other. It is vital that for a practical interpretation in which the missional context informs the biblical interpretation and vice versa, that a missional hermeneutic and missiology be biblically grounded by the instrument of missional exegesis.


Missional hermeneutic; missional exegesis; text and context; mission strategy; Missional hermeneutic; missional exegesis; text and context; mission strategy


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