Pneumatic interpretation in the renewal tradition:The first 50 years

Mather, Hannah Ruth Katharine (2019) Pneumatic interpretation in the renewal tradition:The first 50 years. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

This thesis is a consideration of the Spirit’s role in the interpretation of scripture (pneumatic interpretation) through a conversation surrounding this topic that has been taking place between scholars who are in, or who identify with, the renewal tradition (also known as the Pentecostal and charismatic movement[s]) since 1970 when renewed emphasis on and experience of the Spirit spurred hermeneutical conversations.

Its purpose is twofold: 1) to build understanding of pneumatic interpretation through the voices of those involved in the conversation; 2) to foster appreciation and understanding between scholars across or identifying with the renewal tradition. A significant proportion of contributions to this conversation have been from those involved in Pentecostal hermeneutics but the thesis uses renewal terminology to reflect inclusivity of all scholars across or identifying with the renewal tradition who emphasise the Spirit and accentuate the Spirit’s role in hermeneutical considerations.

The thesis stresses that central to pneumatic interpretation in the renewal tradition is priority placed on personal experience of and intimate relationship with the triune God through pneumatic encounter. Three integral, and dynamically interrelating components of this relationship are given attention: affect, ethics, and cognition. It also stresses that considering the Spirit’s role in scriptural interpretation requires contemplation of the relational nature of God from a pneumatic starting point. The thesis therefore asserts that pneumatic interpretation is holistic and cannot be restricted to interpretation of the scriptural text, because the Spirit always works through and beyond the written words interpreting and appropriating scriptural truth in our lives in ways that align with scripture and transform and draw us holistically into knowledge of God as Father, Son, and Spirit.

In terms of structure, the thesis addresses the conversation chronologically to show historical and thematic progress.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Research Areas: A. > Perspectives in Religion group
B. > Theses
Item ID: 26480
Depositing User: Brigitte Joerg
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 08:42
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 20:18
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26480

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