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

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This chapter ventures in a postmodern direction by acknowledging a socio-religious context, Pentecostalism. There are distinctives within the worldview of Pentecostalism which have predisposed the manner in which the chapter interprets the biblical texts. It sketches the contours of Pentecostalism and suggests a possible hermeneutic which is faithful to the ethos of the movement. The chapter describes the origins and theological ethos of Pentecostalism which serves as a contextual intertext for both the development of a Pentecostal hermeneutic and the application of that hermeneutic to the text of Revelation. Following the delineation of a Pentecostal hermeneutic, the chapter examines the work on the role of the Spirit in the Apocalypse by a few Pentecostal scholars to see to what extent their theological persuasion has affected their work. As Christ is revealed, the church adopts an identity that reflects the image of Christ that has been revealed.

Keywords: Apocalypse; biblical text; early church; Holy Spirit; Pentecostal hermeneutic; Revelation; theological hermeneutic



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