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.
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