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.