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The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology
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The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology


Mohr Siebeck 2005

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Finny Philip inquires into Paul’s initial thoughts on the Holy Spirit. Paul’s conviction that he was called to be an apostle to the gentiles and that God bestowed the Spirit upon the gentiles apart from Torah obedience is the basis for any inquiry on this subject. Central to Philip’s argument is Paul’s conviction that God graciously endowed his Gentile converts with the gift of the Spirit, an understanding that is rooted primarily in his conversion experience and secondarily in his experience with and as a missionary of the Hellenistic community in Antioch. In examining the range of expectations of the Spirit that were present in both Hebrew scripture and in the wider Jewish literature, the author comes to the conclusion that such a concept is rare, and that it is usually the covenant community to which the promise of the Spirit is given. Furthermore, Paul’s own pre-Christian convictions about the Spirit, a result of his own self-perception as a Pharisee and persecutor of the church, display continuity between his thought patterns and those of Second Temple Judaism. Paul’s Damascus experience was an experience of the Spirit. His experience of the “glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 3:1–4:6) provided him with the belief that there was now a new relationship with God, which was possible through the sphere of the Spirit. In addition, Paul was influenced by the Hellenists, whose theological beliefs included the perception of the church as the eschatological temple in which the Spirit of God is the manifest presence of God. It is in these notions that one may trace the origins of Paul’s thoughts on the Holy Spirit.

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Key Features

  • Places Paul's Pneumatology in its Old Testament frame
  • Presents contemporary views on Paul’s thought and theology
  • Examines Pauline theology and its historical context


  • The Conceptual Background for the Eschatological Bestowal of the Spirit
  • The Eschatological Bestowal of the spirit upon the people in the Hebrew Scriptures
  • The Eschatological Bestowal of the Spirit upon the Gentiles in Post-biblical Judaism
  • Part II Paul’s Convictional Background regarding the Outpouring of the Spirit on Gentiles
    • The Pre-Christian Paul, the Pharisee and the Holy Spirit
    • The Pre-Christian Paul, the Persecutor of the Church and the Holy Spirit
    • The Early Church, the Spirit and the Gentiles
  • Product Details

    • Title: The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology: The Eschatological Bestowal of the Spirit upon Gentiles in Judaism and in the Early Development of Paul’s Theology
    • Author: Finny Philip
    • Series: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament (WUNT)
    • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
    • Publication Date: 2005
    • Pages: 307
    • Resource Type: Monograph
    • Topic: Pauline Studies

    About Finny Philip

    Finny Philip is working as the academic dean for Filadelfia Bible College in Udaipur, India and a visiting faculty to a Serampore affiliated college.

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