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The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking
Keener, Craig S.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016 pp. xliii +402. $32.99


Description: In this major work, leading New Testament scholar Craig Keener explores an important but generally neglected area of Pauline theology, Paul's teaching about the mind. Paul speaks of the corrupted mind and the mind of the flesh, but he also speaks of the mind of Christ, the mind of the Spirit, and the renewal of the mind. In articulating these points, Paul adapts language from popular intellectual thought in his day, but he does so in a way distinctively focused on Christ and Christ's role in the believer's transformation. Keener enables readers to understand this thought world so they can interpret Paul's language for contemporary Christian life. The Mind of the Spirit helps overcome a false separation between following the Spirit and using human judgment and also provides a new foundation for relating biblical studies and Christian counseling. It will appeal to professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament as well as pastors and church leaders.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by Devin L. White
Published 2/8/2018
Citation: Devin L. White, review of Craig S. Keener, The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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