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13. The Work of the Spirit in the Interpretation of Holy Scripture from the Perspective of a Charismatic Biblical Theologian

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It is important to remember that Pentecostal and charismatic believers, ancient and/or modern, are people of the Spirit and not yet people of the book only. This chapter discusses a promising way to learn about the nature of Scripture. It refers to the dynamic ways in which scriptures are employed by other scriptures. One sees it in Jesus' exegetical practices. According to the author, Jesus and his disciples practiced a Spirit-hermeneutic in which God's self-revelation is presented in a dynamic fashion. Spirit-hermeneutics is a strategy of reading Scripture in such a way that the Spirit has liberty to speak. As a result one is grasped by the revelatory text which transforms. The chapter addresses the question how one knows when one has interpreted the Bible well. There are many possible interpretations although not all of them are equally valid. Interpretation involves testing and discerning.

Keywords: biblical interpretation; charismatic theologian; God's self-revelation; Holy Scripture; Jesus; Pentecost; Spirit-hermeneutics



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