The Holy Spirit and the movements it has inspired have been among the hottest topics for debate over past century. Originally intended to cover only the biblical material, Thiselton's work covers the entire Christian tradition of teaching on the Holy Spirit. From the Old Testament and all the way through the Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, and Modern periods, Thiselton teams out the major themes and developments regarding the Holy Spirit.
Recognizing the significant impact of modern global movements based on fresh pneumatological expressions, Thiselton aims to provide a critical analysis but also to construct essential premises for dialogue between Eastern, Protestant, Catholic, and Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians on this doctrine. Noting that the gap is now ominously large between these groups on this doctrine, Thiselton seeks to bring a coherent understanding of the doctrine's biblical roots, historical development and current theological expression. The result is a one of a kind study that incorporates not only historical, biblical, and theological studies but also the area in which Thiselton has achieved eminent distinction, the field of Hermeneutics. The final chapter of the book provides Thiselton's own thoughts, interpretations, and conclusions about the fascinating history of the Holy Spirit.
All Christians, regardless of denomination or perspective need to be informed about the Holy Spirit in a comprehensive manner, and Thiselton's book is the first to provide the comprehensive work necessary to accomplish this task.
This learned book by eminent scholar Anthony Thiselton is a detailed biblical, historical, and contemporary study of the Holy Spirit. Thiselton presents an up-to-date account of biblical teaching on the topic, including exposition of passages and hermeneutics; offers a comprehensive historical survey from the Apostolic Fathers to Jonathan Edwards; and engages a host of modern theologians.
In the last part of his book Thiselton discusses a remarkably wide range of writings on the Holy Spirit from the nineteenth century to the present day. He interacts explicitly with Pentecostals and the Renewal Movement in a sympathetic, positive, yet critical manner. The book as a whole is at once scholarly and readable, comprehensive and practical.
The Holy Spirit in Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today offers scholarly work on specific themes such as prophecy, tongues, the miraculous, the range and nature of the Spirit's gifts, and the Holy Spirit in relation to the Trinity, along with practical consequences for worship and life.
Anthony C. Thiselton is professor emeritus of Christian theology at the University of Nottingham, England.
-- Regent University
"Magisterial! Brilliant! Erudite! Anthony Thiselton offers a sure-handed overview of the biblical teachings on the Spirit, maps the major historical streams of pneumatological reflection, and charts the important trajectories going forward. . . . This book bridges heretofore divergent polemics and opens up new dialogical horizons and possibilities for the contemporary theological task."
-- North Park Theological Seminary
"In this crucial and practical work Thiselton provides expert guidance through the variety of topics pertinent to a theology of the Holy Spirit. . . . I know of nothing comparable. This volume is something every pastor and student should have in his or her library."
-- Asbury Theological Seminary
"Respectfully engages a wide range of literature. Even cessationists and classical Pentecostals, who will argue with various elements, will find numerous points valuable for reflection and exegesis. All will appreciate and profit from the helpful engagement with secondary literature and survey of historical perspectives."
-- University of Durham
"I have often thought that I would like to round off my writing career with a fuller or more complete study of the Holy Spirit. Rather to my relief I need no longer champ at that bit. Tony Thiselton has already done it and left me nothing to do. Thank you, Tony."
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