Review Of Keener, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture In Light Of Pentecost. -- By: Annang Asumang
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Review Of Keener, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture In Light Of Pentecost.
Keener C 2016. Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.
About The Author1
PhD, SATS. Dr Asumang is a consultant with Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom. A Clinician in Intensive Care Medicine, Annang has also made a significant contribution as a academic and researcher in theology.
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1. Introduction Of Author And Book
Craig Keener is one of the most influential Biblical Scholars in contemporary conservative Christianity currently serving as FM and Ada Thompson Professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. Keener is an extensively published author; at my last check, he has ‘authored 24 books, five of which have won book awards in Christianity Today’ (Keener 2018). The publications include major multivolume and sometimes voluminous academic commentaries on New Testament Backgrounds, the Gospels of Matthew, and of John, Acts of the Apostles, and the Epistles to the Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians and Galatians. In addition to numerous journal articles, Keener has also used his writings to address important contemporary issues such as divorce and remarriage, miracles, and knowing the ‘mind of the Spirit’. He is himself a Pentecostal minister, and thus eminently qualified to bring his wealth of expertise not only in Biblical scholarship, global intercultural theological education and
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practical ministry to bear on an aspect of one of the foremost subjects currently facing Christians and the academy.
That subject is Pentecostal Hermeneutics. It is an arena of keen interest and debate, not least because pentecostalism, as a spirituality, as well as a Christian tradition, is only recently receiving serious scholarly attention. A fundamental agenda in this new interest is what pentecostalism brings to the global theological discourse especially the tradition’s hermeneutics. This is an arena of debate to which several authors have already made contributions (Archer and Oliverio Jr 2016; Martin 2013; Nel 2015:1–21) and Keener’s latest publication may be said to belong to it. Even then, in reframing the standard discussion of the subject by labelling it as ‘Spirit Hermeneutics’, Keener has managed to catch the spirit of the proverbial current by significantly advancing that conversation, giv...
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