Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith   -     By: John R. Levison
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Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2013 / Paperback

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A comprehensive and historical look at the Holy Spirit based on Jewish and Early Christian themes and how this discussion can bring unity of understanding to the church today.

Drawing on his previous work Filled with the Spirit, in his new book Inspired Levison presents a readable yet scholarly presentation in which he draws from the history of the Old Testament and the understanding of the Spirit as present in every individual. He goes beyond the arguments of Acts 2 and instead takes a wider survey of the historical experience of the Spirit. Levison connects "scripture and the spirit, ecstasy and edification, inspiration and investigation." The Spirit is not separate from learning but inspires learning; ecstasy is not devoid of comprehension but founded upon it. Ultimately Levison desires to see the church unified by this same Spirit.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780802867889
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Publisher's Description

Eugene Peterson calls Jack Levison ‘the clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known.’ In this book Levison speaks a fresh prophetic word to the church, championing a unique blend of serious Bible study and Christian spirituality.

With rich insight, he shows Christians of any church or denomination how they can take the Spirit into the grit of everyday life. Levison argues for an indispensable synergy between spontaneity and study, ecstasy and restraint, inspiration and interpretation.

Readable and relevant, winsome and wise, Levison’s Inspired sets a bold agenda for today’s church that will replace quick-fix spiritualities with a vibrant, durable experience of the Holy Spirit.

Author Bio

John R. (Jack) Levison is W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. His other books include Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life and The Spirit in First-Century Judaism.

Endorsements

This book on the place of the Holy Spirit in the church and the Christian life is a tour de force. Jack Levison is, in my experience, the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known. But he is far more than a scholar; he is a Christian who is passionate to bring biblical clarity and understanding to the church worldwide. . . . I have been on the lookout for colleagues like this as I have worked to counter the dichotomizing of the church over Holy Spirit issues. Levison has become for me the major voice, thoroughly scriptural and non-combative, in this company.
-Eugene Peterson
Regent College

Levison here gives us a brilliant line of argument that is lucidly and almost affectionately delivered - brilliant in that it scintillates with insight after insight and connection after connection, lucid in that Levison writes with the simplicity and directness of genuine authority, and affectionate in that he approaches both his content and us as his readers with the warmest regard. Beyond all that, `An Agenda for the Future of Pneumatology,' which serves as the concluding section of Inspired, should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian today.
-Phyllis Tickle
Founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly

Jack Levison probably considers himself neither a prophet nor the son of one. Yet he does what prophets do - identify the presence and activity of the spirit of God in the world and then discern with remarkable clarity the implications such work can and should have for our future. Inspired, aptly titled, will not only inform readers about the spirit but activate, nurture, and enable a spirit-filled way of life, learning, and virtue.
-Amos Yong
Regent University

Levison's careful study of the Old Testament, early Jewish, and New Testament understanding of spirit - the fruit of twenty years of research - signals something of a revolution in contemporary understanding of the spirit of God. . . . His discussion will instruct afresh those open to learn and will provoke fruitful discussion.
-James Dunn
University of Durham

Editorial Reviews

Theological Studies
“An engaging text about a little-known area of information that is essential to deepening comprehension of the New Testament.”

Presbyterian Outlook
“Few people write with such warmth and reasoned clarity about the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Here is a theological exploration that will yield great insights as well as faithful practice. This is a careful tracing of the presence of God’s Spirit through the terrain of Old Testament right into the New. Like an early mapmaker, Levison provides a wonderful guide to the depth of the Spirit in Scripture.”

Theology
“A worthwhile read and addition to any theological library, a useful if not conclusive contribution to pneumatology.”

Eugene Peterson
-- Regent College
"This book on the place of the Holy Spirit in the church and the Christian life is a tour de force. Jack Levison is, in my experience, the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known. But he is far more than a scholar; he is a Christian who is passionate to bring biblical clarity and understanding to the church worldwide. . . . I have been on the lookout for colleagues like this as I have worked to counter the dichotomizing of the church over Holy Spirit issues. Levison has become for me the major voice, thoroughly scriptural and non-combative, in this company."

Phyllis Tickle
-- founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
"Levison here gives us a brilliant line of argument that is lucidly and almost affectionately delivered -- brilliant in that it scintillates with insight after insight and connection after connection, lucid in that Levison writes with the simplicity and directness of genuine authority, and affectionate in that he approaches both his content and us as his readers with the warmest regard. Beyond all that, ‘An Agenda for the Future of Pneumatology,’ which serves as the concluding section of Inspired, should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian today."

Amos Yong
-- Regent University
"Jack Levison probably considers himself neither a prophet nor the son of one. Yet he does what prophets do -- identify the presence and activity of the spirit of God in the world and then discern with remarkable clarity the implications such work can and should have for our future. Inspired, aptly titled, will not only inform readers about the spirit but activate, nurture, and enable a spirit-filled way of life, learning, and virtue."

James Dunn
-- University of Durham
"Levison’s careful study of the Old Testament, early Jewish, and New Testament understanding of spirit -- the fruit of twenty years of research -- signals something of a revolution in contemporary understanding of the spirit of God. . . . His discussion will instruct afresh those open to learn and will provoke fruitful discussion."

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