The Spirit Is Moving: New Pathways in Pneumatology


The work of the Spirit of God is a vibrant and much discussed topic in many contemporary Christian communities worldwide. Apparently, the Spirit is moving. Theological reflection on this phenomenon has even given rise to what is often called a ‘pneumatological renaissance’. This volume not only takes stock of these remarkable developments, but also probes some of their hidden aspects and highlights avenues for future exploration. It contains a wide-ranging but coherent assortment of essays, covering the five relations of the Holy Ghost distinguished already in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed: how does the Spirit of God relate to the Bible, to the Christ, to the human person, to the church and to the world?

These essays are written as a tribute to the many inspiring theological contributions of prof. Cornelis van der Kooi on the occasion of his retirement as Professor of Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he taught from 1992 until 2018.

Contributors are: Henk A. Bakker, Abraham van de Beek, Erik A. de Boer, Carl J. Bosma, Gijsbert van den Brink, Martien E. Brinkman, Gerard C. den Hertog, Arnold Huijgen, Gerrit C. van de Kamp, Miranda Klaver, Akke van der Kooi, Margriet van der Kooi-Dijkstra, Bruce L. McCormack, Richard J. Mouw, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman, Eep Talstra, Benno van den Toren, Jan Veenhof, Willem van Vlastuin, Pieter Vos, Michael Welker, Cory Willson, Maarten Wisse.

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Gijsbert van den Brink is Professor for Theology and Science at the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has held teaching positions at the universities of Groningen and Utrecht respectively before becoming a full-time lecturer in 2001 in Amsterdam. He spent the academic year 2010-21011 as Houston Witherspoon Fellow in Theology and Science at the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton NJ. His latest work is on Reformed theology and evolutionary theory.
Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman is professor of Reception History of the Hebrew Bible in Antiquity at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She investigated Targum Samuel in her dissertation, The Targum of Samuel (Leiden: Brill, 2002). In recent years she has focused on the reception history of the Targum within Christian scholarship of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. This is concluded with the publication of Justifying Christian Aramaism (Leiden: Brill, 2017).
Maarten Wisse Ph.D. Utrecht University (2003), Habil. University of Tübingen (2011), taught systematic theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2009-2017) and is now Professor of Dogmatics at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam. He has published in the areas of theological hermeneutics, Trinitarian theology and Reformed systematic theology. His most recent book is Trinitarian Theology beyond Participation: Augustine’s De Trinitate and Contemporary Theology (T&T Clark International, 2011).
List of Contributors

Introduction: Believing in the Holy Spirit Today
Gijsbert van den Brink, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman, and Maarten Wisse

Part 1: Who Spoke by the Prophets: Spirit and Bible

1 The Spirit as Critical Biblical Scholar
Eep Talstra

2 The Spirit of Holiness in Romans 1:4
Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte

3 The Spirit(s) from Before the Lord: Pneumatology in Targum Jonathan
Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman

4 Spirit and Scripture: From Theopneustos, through Inspiratus to God-Spirited
Erik A. de Boer

5 Allegory within the Bounds of the Letter: toward a Pneumatological Reorientation of Protestant Interpretations of the Old Testament
Arnold Huijgen

Part 2: And from the Son? the Spirit and the Christ

6 Pneuma-Christology as Applied Christology: Intimacy and Immediacy in the Odes of Solomon
Henk A. Bakker

7 Spirit-Christology and Theandric Language: a Protestant Perspective
Gerrit C. van de Kamp

8 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me: Pneumatological Christology with and beyond Barth
Bruce L. McCormack

9 Barth and the Charismatics: How Can They be Reconciled?
Abraham van de Beek

10 Substitution as a Pneumatological Concept
Martien E. Brinkman

Part 3: The Lord: Spirit and World

11 The Spirit and Wisdom
Jan Veenhof

12 The Spirit of God and Creation: towards a Pneumatological Interpretation of Biological Emergence
Gijsbert van den Brink

13 Discerning the Spirit in World Religions: a Neocalvinist Approach
Richard J. Mouw

14 Discerning the Spirit in World Religions: the Search for Criteria
Benno van den Toren

Part 4: And Giver of Life: the Spirit and the Human Person

15 Retrieving Jonathan Edwards’ Doctrine of the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Willem van Vlastuin

16 Transforming Spirit: Oepke Noordmans’ Pneumatological View on Being a Human Person
Akke van der Kooi

17 He Created Us for a New Beginning: Spiritus Creator and Human Creativity
Gerard C. den Hertog

18 Theodicy, Creation, and Suffering: Drawing on God’s Spirit and Love
Michael Welker

19 Setting Free and Bringing to Purpose: the Work of the Spirit in Cultivating the Virtues
Pieter Vos

Part 5: One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church: the Spirit and the Christian Community

20 Prayer, the Holy Spirit and Jubilee in the Life of Jesus and the Church
Carl J. Bosma

21 Christ’s Presence through the Spirit in the Holy Supper: Retrieving Abraham Kuyper
Maarten Wisse

22 The Spirit of the Supernatural: the Rise of Apostolic Networks in the Netherlands
Miranda Klaver

23 Of Muddy Boots & Roadways: Becoming Theologians of the Word and the Spirit
Cory B. Willson

24 Spirit, Chaplaincy, and Theology: Why Should a Chaplain Read Dogmatics?
Margriet A. Th. van der Kooi-Dijkstra
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