Description: Among the different understandings of the Spirit in the New Testament, Paul's Spirit language stands out for being at once dynamic and sometimes impersonalóinviting comparison with the Stoic notion of spirit (pneuma) as a substance. Volker Rabens reexamines Paulís statements about the Spirit in the widest possible contexts and argues that the alleged parallels with Stoic conceptions are at best ambiguous. Paul understands the work of the Spirit relationally, Rabens argues, and it is through intimate relationships that the Spirit transforms and empowers people's lives.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Ethics, Dead Sea Scrolls
Review by Kenneth D. Litwak
Citation: Kenneth D. Litwak, review of Volker Rabens, The Holy Spirit and Ethics in Paul: Transformation and Empowering for Religious-Ethical Life, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
Note: Volker Rabens has responded to this review on the RBL blog here.
Review by Nelida Naveros Cordova
Citation: Nelida Naveros Cordova, review of Volker Rabens, The Holy Spirit and Ethics in Paul: Transformation and Empowering for Religious-Ethical Life, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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