Presence, Power and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 6, 2011 - Religion - 414 pages
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From the first verses of Genesis, the Spirit of God makes a dramatic appearance in the Bible. Yet there is surprisingly little scholarly work on the Spirit in the Old Testament. On examination, what we find are similarities but also some significant differences in emphasis from the New Testament. To unpack these emphases on creation, wisdom, prophecy, leadership, creativity and more, the editors of this volume have brought to the task a host of first-rate Old Testament scholars. Together they present a comprehensive examination of the issues facing interpreters and exegetes on the identity and activity of the Spirit in the Hebrew Bible. This volume provides readers with an able guide to the interpretative background of ancient Near Eastern literature, the major themes and motifs, and particular texts and passages that contribute to an understanding of the Spirit in the Old Testament. Contributors include:
  • Andrew Abernethy
  • Richard E. Averbeck
  • Daniel I. Block
  • Robert B. Chisholm
  • Rosalind Clarke
  • Daniel J. Estes
  • Jamie A. Grant
  • Richard S. Hess
  • Robert L. Hubbard
  • Tremper Longman III
  • Geert W. Lorein
  • Hilary Marlow
  • Eugene Merrill
  • Erika Moore
  • John Oswalt
  • Robin Routledge
  • Willem VanGemeren
  • John Walton
  • Lindsay Wilson
 

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Contents

Contributors
8
Introduction
15
Breath wind spirit and the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
25
The Ancient Near Eastern background of the Spirit of
38
The Spirit and creation
71
Spirit and wisdom
95
Spirit and presence in Psalm 139
139
Spirit and creativity
161
19 Hilary Marlow
220
16 a trinitarian enigma?
233
Joels promise of the Spirit
245
testimony empowerment
259
The Samson saga and spiritual leadership
281
Is Saul also among the prophets? Sauls prophecy
294
a canonical approach
321
restoration
346

the Holy Spirit in the Prophets
175
14?
208
The Holy Spirit at Qumran
371
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David G. Firth is director of research and lecturer in Old Testament at St. John's College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of 1 & 2 Samuel (Apollos Old Testament Commentary) and The Message of Esther, and coeditor of Interpreting the Psalms, Interpreting Isaiah and Words & the Word.

Paul D. Wegner (Ph.D., Kings College, University of London) is a professor of Old Testament with a specialty in the study of Isaiah. He taught at Phoenix Seminary for eleven years and, before that, at Moody Bible Institute for nearly thirteen years. He is the author of A Student ́s Guide to Textual Criticism: Its History, Methods, and Results (IVP, 2006), The Journey from Texts to Translations:The Origin and Development of the Bible (Baker Academic, 2004) and Using Old Testament Hebrew Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors (Kregel Academic, 2009).

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