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I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, Cornelis Bennema, eds.,
The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology
(Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 2012), ISBN: 978-0-8028-6753-7.
Max Turner is a British New Testament scholar well known in the circles of Pentecostalism in the United Kingdom. Pentecostalism is his own spiritual heritage andhis interest in the Holy Spirit doubtless has its roots in that experience.The essays in this
(a fancy German word indicating a collection of essaysoffered to a senior scholar in recognition of and appreciation for his or her work in thefield of biblical or theological studies) all have to do with pneumatology, either directly ortangentially. All are offered by students and friends of Turner and the contributors are,to a man, exceptional writers- itself a remarkable fact given that collections of essaysusually have a mixture of good, average, and poor submissions.Many of the contributors will be well known and some are truly giants in the field of biblical studies. Readers will instantly know the names of Bauckham, Carson, Dunn,Green, Levison, Marshall, and Walton. Younger scholars, up and comers, like Tilling andRabens and Heliso may not have the name recognition the others do, but their essays are just as good (and Tilling
s is the best of the collection).Space prohibits (as do the constraints of time), a thorough examination of each essay though it must be said that each deserves such a going over. I will merely say here that Ifound the pieces by Bennema (
The Giving of the Spirit in John 19-20: Another Roun
, pp.86-104), Tilling (
Ephesians and Divine Christology
, pp. 177-197), and Menzies (
ThePersecuted Prophets: A Mirror Image of Luke
s Spirit-Inspired Church
, pp. 52- 70) simply thoroughly enjoyable. Those three did some brilliant work and each is to be commended.Bennema insists that the giving of the spirit is a three stage process
in step with the process of Jesus
glorification, whereby the twoconditions for the reception of the spirit are fulfilled on different occasions( p. 86).His thesis may, or may not
hold water
but his case is argued so well that it
s difficult toquibble.Tilling maintains thatEphesians is further evidence of a divine-Christology, though one expressedin relationship. This coheres with Paul
s likely relational epistemology, andoffers an ontology for conceptualizing the coexistence of evidence, in

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