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12. Hearing the Voice of God: Pentecostal Hermeneutics and The Book of Judges

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This chapter explores the goals of a Pentecostal approach to Judges based upon the biblical concept of 'hearing' which the author uses in contrast to the commonly used term 'reading'. He finds considerable agreement between Pentecostal scholars that a postmodern hermeneutic 'accords well with the original Pentecostal ethos', an ethos that regards the Scripture as the dynamic and living 'Spirit-Word'. The term 'hearing' accords with the nature of Judges as a prophetic book, corresponds to the orality of biblical society, and fits into the tradition of Pentecostalism as an oral community. 'Hearing' serves as a fitting term for describing the goal of Pentecostal hermeneutics, and it also emerges as a vital theme within the book of Judges. The chapter argues that the goal of its Pentecostal hermeneutic, which is to hear the voice of Yahweh, is both justifiable and suitable as an approach to the study of Judges.

Keywords: 'hearing'; book of Judges; Holy Spirit; orality; Pentecostal hermeneutics; Scripture; voice of God; Yahweh



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