A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit: Bible, Doctrine, Experience

A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit: Bible, Doctrine, Experience

A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit: Bible, Doctrine, Experience

A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit: Bible, Doctrine, Experience

Synopsis

Anthony Thiselton's scholarly book The Holy Spirit -- In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today was published to wide acclaim in 2013 and received a 2014 Christianity Today Book Award. This shorter volume makes Thiselton's vast biblical-theological knowledge and brilliant insight more accessible to more readers.Review:"A lucid introduction to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit by one of the leading biblical exegetes and theologians of our time... The magisterial way in which Thiselton integrates engagement not only with the biblical and theological material but also with the current issues and debates in the church makes this resource invaluable for students and interested laypeople alike. Very highly recommended!"--Alan J. Torrance, author of Persons in Communion: Trinitarian Description and Human Participation

Excerpt

This shorter book on the Holy Spirit was specifically requested by Eerdmans. They kindly indicated that my larger book of 570 pages (2013) had been well received and appreciated. Indeed, the larger book received the “Award of Merit in the Category of Theology/Ethics” by Christianity Today for 2014. But many urged their preference for a shorter book. the publishers therefore contracted with me to write a second book on the same subject with a maximum of 80,000 words. I enjoyed writing this, not least because it gave me the opportunity to fill in some gaps and also to write a more doctrinal and less historical section. the most glaring omission was the explosion of Pentecostalism in the two-thirds world as a global phenomenon.

I have resisted the temptation simply to repeat passages from the earlier book. I have seldom consulted it while writing the present book. the section on the Old Testament, for example, is significantly expanded. Some New Testament material may overlap, but Part ii concerns themes of the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit, rather than a previously detailed historical account of writers on the Holy Spirit. Part iii is new, on the experience of the Holy Spirit. This includes the origins and global expansion of Pentecostalism; the Spirit, “modern,” and “Pentecostal” hermeneutics; and the essential inspiration of the Holy Spirit in prayer and worship.

I have been impressed by the self- awareness of Pentecostals, their worldwide numbers and witness, and their seriousness, living commitment, and joy in worship. As before, I hope that my writing aims at mutual respect and common ground. I have been honest, however, about certain disagreements and reservations, and in this volume I offer a critique of some worship in charismatic renewal, especially as cited by those who . . .

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