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Empowered Believers: The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts
Haya-Prats, Gonzalo
Elbert, Paul, editor
Ellington, Scott A., translator

Eugene, Ore.: Cascade, 2011 pp. xxv + 289. $35.00

Description: This thesis by Gonzalo Haya-Prats, written in the Catholic interpretive tradition under the supervision of Johannine scholar Ignace de la Potterie at the Gregorian University in Rome, reflects a faith tradition that historically remained open to the miraculous and resisted regulations on activities of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Accordingly, Haya-Prats interprets the workings of the Spirit from a perspective of narrative sensitivity. He is deliberately diligent to exercise due care so as not to obscure narrative flow and connectivity, despite any ecclesial or interpretive precedents that might be of influence to the contrary. His exegetical method is to let the original meaning be discerned and discovered according to the author's intention as closely as possible. With this sound interpretive approach Haya-Prats achieves a remarkable degree of freshness and insightful vision that all readers of Luke-Acts will welcome. Students and scholars alike should find this timely and thoughtful thesis to be a valuable and long-lasting contribution to New Testament studies. This English edition is made more accessible by including translations of all contemporary foreign languages, and editor Paul Elbert offers occasional explanatory notes that engage current scholarship relevant to Haya-Prats's presentation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Literature

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Review by Nils Neumann
Published 8/1/2012
Citation: Nils Neumann, review of Gonzalo Haya-Prats, Empowered Believers: The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

Review by Ron Clark
Published 6/27/2014
Citation: Ron Clark, review of Gonzalo Haya-Prats; Paul Elbert, ed., Empowered Believers: The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2014).

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