Welcoming Spirit Hermeneutics

A Response to Craig S. Keener

In: Pneuma

There was a need in the field of Spirit hermeneutics for a solid, biblically grounded, and centered contribution, and Craig Keener has filled this gap more than sufficiently. This review highlights the following elements within Spirit Hermeneutics as being particularly significant: first, the identification of the connection between the original shape of the biblical text and its contemporary implications; second, the argument that a Spirit-directed epistemology must underpin a Spirit hermeneutic; and third, the inclusion of confessional elements. This review questions whether the role of prophecy (especially in connection with the original context and contemporary implication) could have featured more prominently in the book.

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    Notable exceptions are: C.M. Robeck, Jr., “Written Prophecies: A Question of Authority,” Pneuma 2 (1980): 26–45; Mark Stibbe, “This Is That: Some Thoughts Concerning Charismatic Hermeneutics,” Anvil 15, no. 3 (1998): 181–192; and McQueen, Joel and the Spirit.

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