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Presidential Address 2014

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“Oh give thanks to the Lord for he is good”: Affective Hermeneutics, Psalm 107, and Pentecostal Spirituality

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Biblical studies have focused upon the rational content of the biblical text; even when utilizing rhetorical methods, they have virtually ignored the affective dimension of the biblical argument. Rhetoricians have shown that effective rhetoric includes affective argumentation, and recent studies have demonstrated the role of the affect in human decision making. It is argued here that no matter what methods are being used in biblical study, the affective dimension of the text should be taken into account. This article models the affective approach by means of a study of Psalm 107, which is shown to generate the affection of gratitude. The article then demonstrates how the affection of gratitude might be incorporated into Pentecostal spirituality and practice.

Affiliations: 1: Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee


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