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Early Pentecostals found themselves in a position similar to that of the early Church in the book of Acts. Before the Day of Pentecost, the disciples had operated under the assumption that Jesus the Messiah would restore Israel to its proper position in the world. Pentecost produced a radical transformation of the epistemology, worldview, and hermeneutics of the early believers. The gift of the Spirit is the gift of prophecy; and, consequently, Pentecost creates a community of prophets. The sermons in the book of Acts as well as the New Testament documents demonstrate the outworking of the prophetic hermeneutic. Most of the contemporary discussions regarding Pentecostal interpretation can be summarized under a triadic paradigm consisting of the Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and the community of faith. This threefold framework is explicated in this book, and it continues to be refined in light of changing contexts and global Pentecostal insights.

Keywords: Biblical hermeneutics; book of Acts; early Church; Holy Spirit; Jesus; New Testament; Pentecost; Scripture



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