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Release data : 01 June, 1996
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Gordon Fee has written an easy to read version of his larger work "God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul." Recently, I read and reviewed Frank Macchia's book "Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology" and as much as I liked Macchia's work, this book by Fee is in some ways at least, better. I like Macchia's work on tongues and their meaning, but Fee really does an excellent job of showing the continuity and discontinuity of the Church who is the Israel of God and the nation of Israel in the OT. On page 50, Fee has a great chart that shows how that we are living in an already/not yet eschatalogical framework. Fee takes great care to show that the most important thing for the Church to get hold of is that we are the eshatalogical people of God and the Holy Spirit is the down payment on and fortaste of that future which is the come. He deals with Paul and is an excellent interprter of Pauline theology. Fee does not dismiss the importance of the Spirit in Paul, but shows how that, although, Jesus is the center of Paul's thought, it is the Holy Spirit that is driving this life in the Messiah and that give energy and freshness to the revelation of Jesus. This is an excellent work. I recommend this for everyone Pentecostal or not. I believe that a popular audience could probably read this book and benefit from Fee's great and scholarly insight.
a good primer
This is Fee's condensed version of "God's Empowering Presence"--which is his definitive work on the Holy Spirit in the Pauline corpus. If you don't need something along the works of a commentary, skip "God's Empowering Presence" and get this. A fine book.
A Refreshing Book (with a Few Cautions)
Fee's major work "God's Empowering Presence" is foundational in the area of Pauline pneumatology. This book successfully condenses the heavy exegesis of the larger work into an easily readable text. Fee has a lot of poignant and challenging things to say concerning modern-day evangelicalism's understanding of the Holy Spirit.
The greatest danger of this condensation is the tendency some readers will have to accept Fee's conclusions without first examining his exegetical work. I believe that Fee makes a number of exegetical mistakes--some minor, some major--which may lead the unlearned student astray. While the work as a whole holds up against scrutiny, his explanation of Romans 7 is forced and inadequately supported (I believe this comes from his holiness background). Likewise, he attempts to explain the fruit of the Spirit entirely in a community sense. This also comes across forced and ignores the most natural meaning of the text. (In this case, his focus on community seems to have overshadowed common sense in exegesis).
The book overall is a wonderful work and I would highly recommend it to anyone desiring to know more about the Holy Spirit. Fee's emphasis on community is refreshing and his understanding of Paul far exceeds most scholars of this day. May the Holy Spirit continue to work through this book for the glory of the Father and the revival of the church.