Jesus and the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts: Dialogue, Prophecy and Life

Kirsteen Kim

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    Jesus and the Spirit is a vast topic that is at the heart of Christian pneumatology and has been the subject of much scholarly discussion. Much contemporary debate has been stimulated by contributions from Pentecostal and charismatic theology and in particular by James Dunn’s engagement with this (Dunn 1975; Stanton 2004). This chapter limits the scope of the theme, first, by probing the relationship through the lens of mission and, secondly, by focusing biblical discussion on Luke-Acts.1 But first, I lay the Old Testament ground with help and stimulus from the recent work of John Levison (2009). I argue that the Spirit, being on the one hand the Life-giver, the creative Spirit of the universe, provides the continuity between Jesus and his wider context and, being at the same time the Holy Spirit and uniquely manifested in Jesus Christ, is discontinuous with it. By drawing attention to this tension, and holding both beliefs together, I wish to address from a pneumatological perspective the dichotomy that affects mission which is implied in the phrase that is the theme of this volume – ‘prophetic-dialogue’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMission on the Road to Emmaus
    Subtitle of host publicationConstants, Context, and Prophetic Dialogue
    EditorsCathy Ross, Stephen B. Bevans
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherSCM Press
    ISBN (Print)978-0334049098
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2015


    • Mission Studies
    • dialogue
    • pneumatology
    • christology


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