How do we hear the Spirit’s voice in Scripture? Once we have done responsible exegesis, how may we expect the Spirit to apply the text to our lives and communities? In Spirit Hermeneutics biblical scholar Craig Keener addresses these questions, carefully articulating how the experience of the Spirit that empowered the church on the day of Pentecost can—and should—dynamically shape our reading of Scripture today.
Keener considers what Spirit-guided interpretation means, explores implications of an epistemology of word and Spirit for biblical hermeneutics, and shows how Scripture itself models an experiential appropriation of its message, a way of reading with faith. Bridging the Word-Spirit gap between academic and experiential Christian approaches, Keener's Spirit Hermeneutics narrates a way of reading the Bible that is faithful both to the Spirit-inspired biblical text and to the experience of the Spirit among believers.
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Craig Keener has written a compelling guide to reading Scripture experientially, eschatologically, and missionally. Keener resources the Pentecostal tradition, including its global breadth, to guide readers on how to draw from the Spirit, how to develop disciplined reading habits, how to understand debates about interpretation, and how to dutifully get the most out of the text. This book is nothing less than hermeneutics with holy fire!
—Michael F. Bird, Ridley College, Melbourne
Few subjects are more important today than the relation between hermeneutics and the Holy Spirit, if we want to take the Bible seriously. Craig Keener rightly insists that ‘spiritual’ hermeneutics includes global Pentecostalism but is also much broader. We need careful attention to meaning to curb undue subjectivism. . . . I warmly commend this informative and commonsense approach to a crucially important subject.
—Anthony C. Thiselton, University of Nottingham
In this benchmark study Craig Keener combines the very best in biblical scholarship with his charismatic experience and exposure to the Majority World view of the spiritual and supernatural. This will certainly be the best book relating to pentecostal and charismatic hermeneutics for a long time to come.
—Allan H. Anderson, University of Birmingham
Craig S. Keener is F.M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. His many other books include The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary and The Historical Jesus of the Gospels.