Baptism in the Holy Spirit : A Re-Examination of the New Testament Teaching on the Gift of the Spirit in Relation to Pentecostalism Today (New Edition)

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-10-31
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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Baptism in the Holy Spirit is one of James Dunn's most influential books and has become a classic. Forty years after its original publication it still sparks debate and appears on many Reading lists. In an extensive Preface to this fortieth anniversary edition, James Dunn engages with the debates about the book since it was first published. In Baptism in the Holy Spirit James Dunn argues that water baptism is only one element in the New Testament pattern of conversion and initiation. The gift of the Spirit, he believes, is the central element. For the writers of the New Testament only those who had received the Holy Spirit could be called Christians. For them, the reception of the Spirit was a very definite and often very dramatic experience - the decisive and climactic experience in conversion-initiation - to which Christians were usually recalled when reminded of their Christian faith and experience. James Dunn uncovers the place of the gift of the Holy Spirit in the total complex event of becoming a Christian.

Author Biography

James D. G. Dunn Was Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham. He is the author of numerous best-selling books and acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on New Testament study.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. xix
Abbreviationsp. xx
Introductionp. 1
The Expectation of John the Baptistp. 8
The Experience of Jesus at Jordanp. 23
The Miracle of Pentecostp. 38
The Riddle of Samariap. 55
The Conversion of Paulp. 73
The Conversion of Corneliusp. 79
The 'Disciples' at Ephesusp. 83
Conversion-initiation in the Acts of the Apostlesp. 90
The Early Paulinesp. 103
The Corinthian Lettersp. 116
The Letter to Romep. 139
The Later Paulinesp. 152
The Johannine Pentecost?p. 173
The Spirit and Baptism in John's Gospelp. 183
The Spirit and the Word in the Letters of Johnp. 195
The Spirit and Baptism in Hebrewsp. 205
Conversion-initiation in Peterp. 215
Conclusionp. 224
Index of Modern Authors and Worksp. 230
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 237
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