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Spirit in Gospels and Acts : Divine Purity and Power
     

Spirit in Gospels and Acts : Divine Purity and Power

by Craig S. Keener
 
Keener presents two categories of Jewish understanding of the Holy Spirit: purity and prophecy. From these two fundamental streams, other tributaries flow: supernatural knowledge, traditional prophecy, insights into the divine plan of Scripture.

Early Christianity appropriated, modified, and utilized these Jewish categories for understanding the work of the Holy

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Keener presents two categories of Jewish understanding of the Holy Spirit: purity and prophecy. From these two fundamental streams, other tributaries flow: supernatural knowledge, traditional prophecy, insights into the divine plan of Scripture.

Early Christianity appropriated, modified, and utilized these Jewish categories for understanding the work of the Holy Spirit. The continuity and contrast between Judaism and early Christianity's understanding of the Holy Spirit must be acknowledged and examined.

Craig Keener argues forcibly, and with the weight of much primary material in his favor, that early Christian experience centered around the Holy Spirit. Keener examines carefully the New Testament Gospels and the book of Acts in an effort to provide us with a fuller understanding of what the Holy Spirit meant in the life of the early believers. We are rewarded by his efforts with perhaps the most detailed study of the Holy Spirit in the Gospels and Acts in light of the ancient evidence of the religious world in which these texts emerged. Keener's grasp of the relevant ancient literature is both impressive and illuminating. Christianity did not arise in a vacuum, and by understanding the world in which it emerged we can better understand the earliest believers' experience of God's empowering and purifying Spirit.

Editorial Reviews

John R. Levison
This book comprises a valuable resource for primary and secondary literature related to the Spirit. Nonethelessits somewhat lopsided comparison between Judaism and Christianityits tendency to overvalue literary context despite the absence of explicit references to the Spiritand its inexplicable omission of indispensable NT texts render it more useful perhaps as a resource—a rich commentary on select texts—than as a reliable analysis of how early Christians responded to their Jewish environment with respect to the Spirit. —Society of Biblical Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565631694
Publisher:
Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.14(d)

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