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Discerning the Spirits: Theological and Ethical Hermeneutics in Paul
Munzinger, André

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 pp. xv + 239. $95.00

Series Information
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 140


Description: How did Paul determine ethical and theological truth? Were all believers expected to be able to 'discern the spirits' (1 Corinthians 12.10)? This study shows that discernment must be understood against the backdrop of an extensive hermeneutic, by which Paul inherently relates ethical and theological knowledge. Understanding the will of God requires noetic and existential transformation, in short, the 'renewal of the mind' (Romans 12.2). Munzinger argues that Paul implies a process of inspiration in which the Spirit sharpens the discerning functions of the mind because the believer is liberated from a value system dominated by status and performance. The love of God enables all believers to learn to interpret reality in a transformed manner and to develop creative solutions to questions facing their communities. For Paul authentic discernment is linked to a comprehensive new sense of meaning.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Lee S. Bond
Published 7/12/2008
Citation: Lee S. Bond, review of André Munzinger, Discerning the Spirits: Theological and Ethical Hermeneutics in Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Victor Paul Furnish
Published 7/12/2008
Citation: Victor Paul Furnish, review of André Munzinger, Discerning the Spirits: Theological and Ethical Hermeneutics in Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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