Pentecostal Hermeneutics

A Reader

Editor: Lee Roy Martin
In Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader Lee Roy Martin brings together fourteen significant publications on biblical interpretation, along with a new introduction to Pentecostal hermeneutics and an extensive up-to-date bibliography on the topic. Organized chronologically, these essays trace the development of Pentecostal hermeneutics as an academic discipline.

The concerns of modern historical criticism have often stood at odds with Pentecostalism’s use of Scripture. Therefore, over the last three decades, Pentecostal scholars have attempted to identify the unique characteristics and interpretive practices of their tradition and to offer constructive proposals for a Pentecostal hermeneutic that would be critically valid and, at the same time, be consistent with the Pentecostal ethos and conducive for the continued development of the global Pentecostal movement.

Contributors include: Rickie D. Moore, John Christopher Thomas, Jackie David Johns, Cheryl Bridges Johns, John W. McKay, Robert O. Baker, Scott A. Ellington, Kenneth J. Archer, Robby Waddell, Andrew Davies, Clark H. Pinnock, and Lee Roy Martin.

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Lee Roy Martin, DTh (2007), University of South Africa, is Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and is author of The Unheard Voice of God: A Pentecostal Hearing of the Book of Judges.

Preface ... vii

1. I ntroduction to Pentecostal Hermeneutics ... 1
Lee Roy Martin

2. A Pentecostal Approach to Scripture ... 11
iRickie D. Moore

3. Canon and Charisma in the Book of Deuteronomy ... 15
Rickie D. Moore

4. Yielding to the Spirit: A Pentecostal Approach to Group Bible Study ... 33
Jackie David Johns and Cheryl Bridges Johns

5. When the Veil is Taken Away: The Impact of Prophetic Experience on Biblical Interpretation ... 57
John W. McKay

6. Women, Pentecostalism, and the Bible: An Experiment in Pentecostal Hermeneutics ... 81
John Christopher Thomas

7. Pentecostal Bible Reading: Toward a Model of Reading for the Formation of the Affections ... 95
Robert O. Baker

8. Deuteronomy and the Fire of God: A Critical Charismatic Interpretation ... 109
Rickie D. Moore

9. Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Retrospect and Prospect ... 131
Kenneth J. Archer

10. Pentecostalism and the Authority of Scripture ... 149
Scott A. Ellington

11. Hearing What the Spirit Says to the Churches: Profile of a Pentecostal Reader of the Apocalypse ... 171
Robby Waddell

12. Hearing the Voice of God: Pentecostal Hermeneutics and The Book of Judges ... 205
Lee Roy Martin

13. T he Work of the Spirit in the Interpretation of Holy Scripture from the Perspective of a Charismatic Biblical Theologian ... 233
Clark H. Pinnock

14. What Does It Mean to Read the Bible as a Pentecostal? ... 249
Andrew Davies

15. Psalm 63 and Pentecostal Spirituality: An Exercise in Affective Hermeneutics ... 263
Lee Roy Martin

Bibliography of Works on Pentecostal Hermeneutics ... 285

Index of Biblical References ... 291
Index of Authors ... 298
Anyone interested in biblical hermeneutics in general and in Pentecostal hermeneutics in particular, especially scholars, post-graduate students, graduate students, and academic libraries.