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God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul [Hardcover]

By Gordon D. Fee (Author)
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Pages   992
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.4" Height: 2.1"
Weight:   3.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 1994
Publisher   AUTHENTIC UK
ISBN  094357594X  
EAN  9780943575940  

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A fresh and original analysis of all the passages in the Pauline corpus (including Ephesians, Colossians, and the Pastoral Epistles) that concern the Holy Spirit. Through comprehensive lexical, historical, and grammatical study, Fee provides an exegesis of every Spirit text in Paul's writings. He then investigates the Holy Spirit's crucial roles in Pauline theology including eschatological fulfillment, divine Person of the Trinity, and evidence for and guarantee of salvation.

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More About Gordon D. Fee

Gordon D. Fee Gordon D. Fee (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of numerous works, including New Testament Exegesis, Listening to the Spirit in the Text, and commentaries on Revelation; Philippians; and 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus. He also coauthored How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.

Gordon D. Fee has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  2. New Testament in the Greek Fathers

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Fee is at it again...  Nov 23, 2006
This book is one of the few comprehensive studies in the all too unfortunately obscure field of Pauline pneumatology; Fee's vast knowledge of and aptitude for Biblical theology, however, more than makes up for the lack of selection on the topic. He separates the book into two sections, the first devoted strictly to exegesis of passages in which Paul refers to the Holy Spirit. He also gives an overview of the letter (context, history, purpose, etc.) before delving into the particularities of Paul's argument. The second section then proceeds to take everything that has been asserted through the exegesis and systematize it into a cohesive framework of (what can be discerned about) Paul's pneumatological conception. The most integral aspect of the book, however, rests in Fee's insistence that the Holy Spirit must continue to be the guiding force in the lives of all believers.
God's Empowering Presence  Feb 20, 2006
It's a very good book, very detailed but hard to understand for new believers because of the term used in this book. I am not majoring in pastoral, and that's probably why I am having a hard time understanding. I got this book becaused I needed it for one of my class. It is worthy buying and keeping this book if you wish to deepened your knowledge about the new testament. Recommended.
Long and lengthy but worth the effort  Dec 16, 2004
Gordon Fee may be the outstanding new testament scholar in North America and this is most likely to be regarded as his finest work. Fee goes through the letters of Paul on a verse by verse basis locating passages that refer to the Holy Spirit. Fee carefully chooses other passages where he feels that the Holy Spirit is inferred and also is careful with his exegisis of passages that may refer to the Holy Spirit or to "the spirit" in a non-specific way.
This book provides a powerful study of Paul and also shows how we, as modern day christians, underestimate the power of the spirit in our lives. For Paul the Holy Spirit was a real and dominating prescence and this wonderful study elevates that part of Paul's writings to a new plane.
This book is huge but Fee is such an enjoyable writer that the time spent reading this book passes very quickly. If you are interested in Paul and/or the Holy Spirit then this book is indespensable.
Solid meat for the serious Christian  Oct 25, 2004
Dr. Gordon Fee is a rare human being: a marvelous scholar whose academic skill brings out the best of his Pentecostal beliefs. In my opinion, this book is a major contribution to New Testament scholarship. Fee explores each Pauline reference to the Holy Spirit (including references to each and every "spiritual gift," such as prophecy, speaking in tongues, etc.) without pushing any overt theological agenda.

Fee convinced me that the Holy Spirit was more real to Paul than I might have suspected from any catechism or the classic creeds. Under Fee's guidance, Paul's references to the Spirit reveal a present and experienced reality that forces us to adopt a higher view of the Spirit.
Understand the Holy Spirit in Paul's letters  Feb 23, 2002
God's Empowering Presence is not a small book, nor light reading. In developing an article for the Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Fee realized very little secondary literature existed on the topic of the Holy Spirit as seen in the letters of Paul of Tarsus. Because of the dearth of Pneumatological studies in general, no one had ever thought to write a text specifically focused on how Paul viewed the person and work of the Holy Spirit. So, Fee sought to remedy this. In doing so he realized that he could not simply make assertions without first having a firm foundation of Biblical analysis with which he could base his findings. Understanding that this had not been done in a way which focused on the broader understanding of the Holy Spirit in the Pauline corpus, he felt he had to create his own body of textual analysis which went through the various letters and analyzed verse by verse, use by use, Paul's understanding of pneumatology. It is this textual analysis which comprises the great bulk of God's Empowering Presence.
Having exegeted the great bulk of the Pauline Epistles, Fee then feels able to make some observations and conclusions about Paul's general pneumatology in the last 100 pages of this nearly 1000 page book. He concludes that the Spirit was for Paul more real and evident than we can possibly imagine in our day and age, that the presence of the Spirit was an assumed reality, because of which specific theological discussion is limited. But in the off hand remarks, asides, benedictions, and other such casual comments Gordon Fee is able to discover and lay out eight primary conclusions about Pauline pneumatology. These conclusions are not meant as simply academic points of interest, but are in keeping with Fee's profound pastoral sensitivity and seek to point out ways in which the modern church can regain some of the liveliness and fullness that is found in Paul's understanding of the Holy Spirit. If you don't care about the exegesis (though as a reference I can't imagine not caring) Fee has another book called Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God which consists of just his conclusions and insights.

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