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Gods Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit [Paperback]

Gordon D. Fee
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Fee offers a fresh and in-depth exegesis of every Spirit text in the Pauline corpus. Part Two synthesizes the analysis presented in Part One into a coherent invitation to consider the Holy Spirit s crucial role in Pauline theology.

"Seldom does one find such a satisfying treatment of a theological topic so solidly based on serious and thorough exegetical analysis. In his study of the New Testament Fee recognizes and takes seriously the fact that Paul experienced the reality of the Spirit's empowering presence in his life and in the life of the church. Comprehensive in its scope, this scholarly volume speaks to pastors, students, and other church leaders as well as to the academic community. It is a good book that will do good."
" Bruce M. Metzger, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Fee's book is the most comprehensive treatment available of Paul's understanding of the Holy Spirit, a topic that has rarely received sufficient attention in studies of Pauline theology. Fee's method is exemplary: he first analyzes Paul's statements about the Spirit, in each individual letter, then moves to a synthesis of Paul's general pneumatology. The result is a book that is deeply exegetical, doing justice both to the particularity of Paul's writings and to the fundamental unity of his vision for the Spirit's role in the life of the Christian community. Most importantly, Fee emphasizes insistently that the Holy Spirit must be experienced as a living presence within the church. That message is both faithful to Paul and urgent for the community of faith in our time."
" Richard B. Hays, Associate Professor of New Testament, The Divinity School, DukeUniversity

"With the energy and care that is a trademark of his work, Gordon Fee here fills a significant gap in Pauline Studies. Both those who find talk about the Holy Spirit congenial and those who would happily marginalize it will be instructed by this book. Fee makes a genuine contribution as he examines Paul's letters in conversation with both the exegetical tradition of the academy and the pressing needs of the church."
" Beverly R. Gaventa, Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

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  • Paperback: 967 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers Inc (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094357594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943575940
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fee uniquely combines professional competence as a text critic, an exegete, an author and editor of major commentaries, and a foremost evangelical interpreter of Paul with a lifetime of formation and ministry among the Pentecostals" this century's providential witnesses to the work of the Spirit of God among us.

." . . Fee's work offers an enduring encyclopedia of Pauline pneumatological exegesis, easy to consult for next Sunday's sermon, yet substantial enough to take its place near George Ladd's Theology of the New Testament as a must-have, within arms' reach for serious interpreters of Paul's gospel. . . . Fee's work is the theological crown of a distinguished exegetical career."
" Russell P. Spittler, Director of the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality, Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Our appreciation of the Holy Spirit in Paul" both in academic and larger church circles" has long needed thorough exegetical and theological analysis. By focusing on careful examination of every Pauline text related to the Spirit, Gordon Fee has helpfully filled this lacuna."
" Joel B. Green, Associate Professor of NT, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

"Students of Paul's letters and theology have long been in need of a major scholarly investigation of his treatment of the Spirit. By providing such an investigation with the same high standards of scholarship and skills of communication exhibited in his outstanding commentary on 1 Corinthians, and by doing so with an eye on the present renewed interest in the work of the Spirit in the church, Gordon Fee has put us doubly in his debt. His effective combinationof thorough and robust exegesis with invigorating theological reflection that views Paul's experience of and concern with the Spirit from an eschatological and Trinitarian perspective drives home what we should have known" that the Spirit is far more central to Paul's thought than most of his interpreters have recognized. Fee's comprehensive and challenging new study will be appreciated not only by professional interpreters of Paul but by all who have a serious interest in the biblical resources for spiritual renewal."
" Andrew T. Lincoln, Professor of New Testament, University of Sheffield

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5.0 out of 5 stars God's Empowering Presence 27 July 2011
This is an extreemly helpful book. The introduction is worth the price alone. The individual scripture commentary is simply eye openning and reverlatory. I think it a fulsome Biblical scholarly work that carries an anointing of The Spirit upon it. The author is not simply aiming at our minds but drawing us into experiencing God in an empowering way through His Holy Spirit.
Simply Oustanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pentecostals championed 27 Nov 2009
Only one way to describe this book - magnificent! Make sure you buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understand the Holy Spirit in Paul's letters 23 Feb 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but be ready to trudge through tons of stuff 25 Sep 2001
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This was the most excellent book I have read discussing the work of the Holy Spirit,and it's importance to the Christian. Fee caused me to do a lot of thinking about my previous beliefs. He challenged me. THe one problem with the book, and Fee admits as much in the introduction is that the first section of the book is absolutely exhaustive. Not only is it an exhaustive discussion of the Pauline texts dealing with the Spirit, but it will "exhaust" you in reading through it. However, don't let that stop you from reading this fantastic work. It could change your life and appreciation for the wisdom of GOd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive book on the Holy Spirit 13 Jan 1997
By A Customer - Published on
This large and carefully written book would be a superb gift
for your pastor. Fee, one of the leading contemporary New
Testament scholars--in evangelical and non-evangelical
circles--high-lights, analyzes, exegetes, and summarizes
every mention of the Holy Spirit in Paul's writings.

This outstanding book is not marred by a dry-as-dust treatment
of this aspect of God's empowering Presence in the life of
the church. No better book on the subject is on the market

As a gift for your pastor, Fee's work will be at his side when
he prepares for Sunday's proclamation, for it was written, the
author says, to get to "the heart of Paul's view of things
regarding the Spirit." (p. 896) Fee succeeds admirably.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for the study of Paul's teachings on the Holy Spirit 22 Aug 1999
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In the Pauline scholarship, Paul's pneumatology is often overlooked. One purpose of Fee in writing this book is trying to show how significant the teachings of the Holy Spirit is in the Pauline theology. It is related to various theological themes in Paul's theology such as Christology, soteriology, eschatology, anthropology and Paul's view to the Law. This book is divided into two parts: the first part, two-third of the whole book, is devoted to careful exegesis of all the Pauline texts about the Holy Spirit. I find it inspiring especially in his exegesis on the 'Spirit's' text in Romans. The second part is his systematic treatment/ exegetical synthesis of Paul's pneumatology based on the exegetical results of the first part. In this part Fee interacts with recent NT studies on the Holy Spirit such as Dunn and Scott, protesting against their approach of reducing the Holy Spirit as but equivalent expression of the experience of the rised Lord Jesus Christ. The most interesting part is his "pneumatic criticism" against "The New perspective on Paul" proposed by Dunn and alike. Before you are immersed into this 'great book', about 1000 pages, you can read first Fee's essay 'Paul's conversion as Key to His Understanding of the Spirit' in the book "The Road from Damascus: the Impact of Paul's Conversion on His Life, Thought and Ministry", edited by R.N. Longenecker, p.166-183. This essay may give you a quick look on Paul's pneumatology, which may give you more motivation to read, at least, the second part of this his commentary as well as NT theological book on Paul.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GEP Appreciation 7 April 2011
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Gordon Fee is not a new author to me; I was expecting an excellent book and this one did not disappoint me. It will take me a while to finish it since it is over 900 pages long, but it is a marvelous work. I read part 2 first, his Synthesis, and found it worth the price of the whole book. Now I am plowing through the main body, slowly and thoughtfully, and enjoying every bit of it.

Fee seems to have an excellent sense of Scripture's overall viewpoint and is able to interpret small segments of Scripture more sensibly because of that. He is obviously a committed believer in Jesus, a godly man, and it shows in his writings. I am thankful for him and for this book. His understanding of the sacred integrity of the Word of God shines through. If you appreciate meticulous, detailed study of the Word, this book is a good buy.
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