In my opinion, Roger Stronstad's The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke is perhaps the most important biblical studies book ever written by a Pentecostal. Truly a seminal work, this slim volume caused a seismic shift in the terrain of pentecostal biblical scholarship, changing forever its fundamental character while sending tremors beyond the tradition in all directions. I am delighted that this exceedingly important piece will continue its well-deserved shelf life, extending its availability for readers old and new. My commendation to Baker Academic for issuing this valuable new edition.
-John Christopher Thomas,
Clarence J. Abbott Professor of Biblical Studies, Pentecostal Theological Seminary
The most influential work on Lukan pneumatology of this generation! Twenty-five years ago, Stronstad solidified my earliest convictions about the activity of the Holy Spirit. Today, my students echo the same refrain. Those familiar with pentecostal/charismatic teaching on the Spirit-filled life find fodder for fresh reflection and exploration. Those not familiar receive a challenging invitation for renewed pursuit of the Spirit. I could not be happier that this book has been revised and will remain in print.
associate professor of New Testament, Evangel University
With the publication of Stronstad's The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke in 1984, pentecostal scholarship on Luke-Acts introduced itself to the academic community. Stronstad advanced a simple narrative approach to Luke's writings: take the text seriously by following the storyline. By tracking plot patterns and considering Luke's storytelling techniques, Stronstad found Luke's understanding of the mission of Christ and the church, and the nature of Spirit empowerment to effect it. In our graduate curriculum, this book is the cornerstone of our 'pentecostal distinctives' course. With this updated edition by a new publisher, Baker Academic, the book's contribution will live on, hopefully until the mission is complete.
Dean, Master's Pentecostal Seminary, Toronto
In all, this work is a solid contribution to pentecostal theology and successfully answers the critics who claim that pentecostal theology is exegetically weak. I recommend this book highly with the suggestion that it should be in the library of any serious student of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
-Gary M. Burge,
Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies