Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics
~Gordon D. Fee
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ISBN/ASIN : 0943575788
Manufacturer : Hendrickson Publishers Inc.,U.S.|
Release data : October, 1991
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A Dynamic book, which combines academics with Fervor
The book is a collection of Gordon Fee's essays, produced in different academic journals, on topics that Fee believes are sometimes misunderstood. Fee does not shy away from controversy, rather he challenges the standard Pentecostal interpretation of several biblical passages.
For me, the most interesting issues were those dealing with women in ministry and with the place of experience in theology. Fee challenges the concept that women have less ability or calling upon their lives as a result of their sex. Although some may have difficulty with some of the methodology that Fee uses to dismiss the Corinthian passage. The argument produced is that of a master exegete; it is convincing and it is biblical. Regarding the place of experience in theology, Fee takes a rather innovative and refreshing. He acknowledges the axiom that experience must flow out of theology and theology must come from the Scripture. Pentecostals have maintained that this is the methodology used in our approach to the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the exercise of Spiritual Gifts and the governing of all experiences of the believer. Pentecostals are taught that it was a search of the Scriptures that produced the experience, not the experience that produced the search of the Scriptures. Fee starts out by admitting that in spite of the traditional Pentecostal arguments, Pentecostals really take their experience to their theology; but so do everyone else. Those who are non-Pentecostal, take their lack of experience to their theology as do those who are non-Christian. To remove experience from theology is impossible according to Fee. Fee's approach is fresh and original.
This book should be required reading for all thinking Pentecostals.