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8. Deuteronomy and the Fire of God: A Critical Charismatic Interpretation

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This chapter proposes a literary theological reading of the entire book of Deuteronomy. This treatment finds the theme of the fiery revelation of God at Horeb at the heart of the book, something which modern biblical scholarship heretofore has hardly noticed. On the one hand, the chapter is offering and urging an approach to the biblical text that is critical and at the same time charismatic, in the sense of its self-conscious commitment to read the biblical text through the lens of Pentecostal experience and confession. On the other hand, it says that the book of Deuteronomy is itself an act of interpretation that is, in a similar way, both charismatic and critical. Olson argues that the book's governing theme is the death of Moses, whereas the author finds it in the theophanic encounter with the fire of God. The author summarizes Olson's interpretation before offering his own.

Keywords: Biblical criticism; carismatic interpretation; Deuteronomy; Horeb theophany; Olson's interpretation; Pentecostal confession; the death of Moses; the fire of God



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