Spirited Conversation about Hermeneutics

A Pentecostal Hermeneut’s Response to Craig Keener’s Spirit Hermeneutics

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This article provides a critical assessment of Craig S. Keener’s Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in the Light of Pentecost. It raises concerns regarding Keener’s commitment to grammatico-historical exegesis and questions whether pentecostal hermeneutics would not be better served by deconstructing the objective/subjective dichotomy that is prevalent in evangelical hermeneutics. A hermeneutical theory free from this dichotomy would coalesce nicely with postcolonial readings and with Keener’s own anecdotal testimonies of pentecostal and charismatic experiences. Lastly, the practice of principlizing the text is interrogated.


The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies



See Keener, Spirit Hermeneutics, 8. He makes the argument that even cessationists are charismatic to a degree for they affirm charismatic gifts, the so-called more natural gifts of the Holy Spirit.


See Gordon Anderson, “Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Part 2” in Paraclete 28, no. 2 (Spring 1994): 13.


See L. William Oliverio, Theological Hermeneutics in Classical Pentecostal Tradition: A Typological Account (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 133–184. See my critique of the evangelical method in A Pentecostal Hermeneutic, chapter 5.


See Archer, “The 3-D View of Pentecostalism,” in A Pentecostal Hermeneutic, 30–38.


J.P. Louw, “Reading a Text as Discourse,” in Linguistics and New Interpretation: Essays on Discourse Analysis, ed. David Alan Black (Broadman Press, 1992), 17–18.


J.P. Louw, “Reading a Text as Discourse,” 18.


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