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The book’s title aptly describes its content, minus one important feature. The book’s exploration of the title’s subject reflects the specific version of “critical realism” advanced in the works of Bernard Lonergan and, secondarily, often applied to historical Jesus studies through Lonergan’s student Ben Meyer. This book thus provides readers a helpful and knowledgeable introduction to Lonergan’s corpus while also inviting further nuance in discussions of “critical realism” and greater epistemological and historiographic precision.

In contrast to typical “historical Jesus” books, this work’s focus is not the raw material, the methodology, or the results of Jesus research, but the philosophy

In: Biblical Interpretation
Author: Craig S. Keener

I am grateful to Bill Oliverio and Nimi Wariboko for inviting me to guest edit this issue of Pneuma. Although I helped design it, Bill carried the largest share of organizational work. Our biggest thanks go to our authors, some of whose labors, especially on longer essays, were extensive. The space allotted to various authors is not meant to reflect differing levels of respect for different parts of the canon. Word counts were assigned based especially on the proportion of references to the Spirit in various books or sections of the canon, thus with larger word counts for

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In: Pneuma
Author: Craig S. Keener

Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 9 (2011) 112–117 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/174551911X601171 brill.nl/jshj A Brief Reply to Robert Miller and Amy-Jill Levine Craig S. Keener Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, KY, USA craig.keener@asburyseminary.edu I am grateful to Robert Miller and Amy-Jill Levine for their honest responses to my essay. Reply to Robert Miller I agree with Professor Miller that much historical-Jesus work involves inferences based on extrapolation, yielding a wide variation of opin- ions; to some extent this problem is an inevitable one when working with limited sources at the remove of two millennia.

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Author: Craig S. Keener

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Presuppositions of one sort or another are inevitable, but one way to control our assumptions in the interest of common dialogue is to consider how we would read the Gospels if they were not texts used by a current world religion. The majority of Gospels scholars see the Gospels as ancient biographies. Although ancient biographies varied in their historiographic practice, in the early Empire biographies about figures who lived in the generation or two before the biographer included substantial historical information about the figure. This observation may be particularly relevant for biographies about sages. Schools often preserved considerable information about their founders' teachings; ancient memory practices exceeded what is typical today, and disciples often preserved and passed on considerable information. Researchers should neither treat the Gospels more skeptically nor demand from them greater precision than we would from comparable works of their era.

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Author: Craig S. Keener

The pervasive Jewish-Gentile conflict in the earliest church invited comment. The theme of the gospel’s challenge for surmounting ethnic prejudices (generally to the extent of commitment to the Gentile mission, hence incorporation into the church) appears widely in the New Testament; the present article surveys some samples of its treatment. John and Luke used Jesus’ ministry to Samaritans or comments about them in ways that likely summoned their audiences to consider and surmount ethnic prejudices in their own day. Paul demanded ethnic unity in Christ as an integral part of the gospel he preached (presumably as part of his mission to the Gentiles). Modern interpreters can explore ways to apply such passages in countering ethnic divisions which continue to plague much of the church today.

In: Evangelical Quarterly: An International Review of Bible and Theology
In: Paul: Jew, Greek, and Roman
In: Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture
Author: Craig S. Keener

In this response to the reviews by John Christopher Thomas, Robby Waddell, and Chris E.W. Green of Craig Keener’s book, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016), the author argues that it is important both to hear the biblical text in its original setting and to hear its message for us today. He states that the latter should have some relation to the former if we want to claim canonical authority for what we are saying. Keener insists that even the strongest critiques raised by his reviewers do not reveal substantial disagreement on these points. He states with assurance that he and his reviewers agree on this: the Spirit impassions us with not merely factual knowledge but with the intimate, relational knowledge of God.

In: Journal of Pentecostal Theology
Author: Craig S. Keener

I am grateful to Professor Mittelstadt for his kind review. Because it is somewhat awkward for me to affirm all his positive comments about my work (ancient rhetoric provided particular rules for “appropriate” boasting), which constitute the majority of his comments, I will focus primarily on points of clarification. Some of these comments reflect our different perspectives, whereas others are points on which we largely agree and are simply matters of emphasis.

I can say, in connection with his favorable remarks, that my thoroughness in my sphere was motivated partly by J.P. Moreland’s invitation, years ago, for evangelicals to produce more

In: Pneuma
Author: Craig S. Keener

In this article Craig S. Keener participates in the roundtable dialogue on his book: Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in the Light of Pentecost. After responding individually to the reviews of L. William Oliverio, Jr., Kevin L. Spawn, Hannah R.K. Mather, Ben Aker, Jacqueline N. Grey, and Kenneth J. Archer, Keener responds more fully to some key issues in the reviews and articulates elements of his hermeneutical theory that complement the arguments in his book, including discussions on conventional hermeneutics, the role of subjectivity/objectivity in interpretation, and the relationship between pentecostal hermeneutics and evangelical hermeneutics.

In: Pneuma