01 December 2013

Book Description-244: LISTENING TO THE SPIRIT IN THE TEXT (Rev. Prof. Gordon D. Fee, Ph.D., D.D.)

Many Christians think that Biblical study (exegesis) is separated from spirituality and church’s life. A seminary student who is interested in Biblical exegesis often ignore spirituality and lay Christians who interested in spirituality ignore Biblical exegesis. Is it right?

Get the answer in the:

by: Rev. Prof. Gordon D. Fee, Ph.D., D.D.

Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000

In this book, a New Testament scholar in textual criticism, Prof. Gordon D. Fee, Ph.D., D.D. explains that biblical exegesis is not separated from spirituality and church’s life. In the first part, he explains about the relationship between the biblical text and the life in the Spirit (spirituality). In the first chapter, he explains what the spirituality means, i.e.: life in the Spirit. It affects on his experience in writing commentaries. To shape that biblical spirituality, he explains about how to be a Trinitarian Christian who understand and experience the Trinity and what God has done in the salvation for His people. Christians who want to study biblical spirituality should study and understand Pauline spirituality, not only Pauline doctrine/theology. After that, he explains about New Testament perspective on wealth and possession and gender issues. Then, in the second part, he relates the biblical text with the life of the church (ecclesiology). In this part, he explains what New Testament texts teach us about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and worship, speaking in tongues, church’s leadership, church’s order, and the Kingdom of God and church’s global mission. The uniqueness of this book is Dr. Fee explains 12 chapters with the clarity and simplicity. Let this book is useful for us to study and integrate biblical exegesis/study with spirituality and ecclesiology.

“These essays show Gordon Fee at his characteristic work, fusing exegetical accuracy and evangelical passion. Words are never mere words for this master exegete. I think of him as our 'resurrection scholar,' calling the words out of the text and setting them before us pulsing with life.”
Rev. Prof. Eugene H. Peterson, D.H.L.
(Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Canada, founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, and the author of “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language”; Bachelor of Arts—B.A. in Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University; Bachelor of Sacred Theology—S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary; Master of Arts—M.A. from Johns Hopkins University; and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters—D.H.L. {Hons} from Seattle Pacific)

“This set of biblical explorations—mostly Pauline, as we would expect—demonstrates Gordon Fee’s strength in exegesis, biblical theology, and hermeneutics as he pursues his trinitarian, churchly, life-centered concerns. Fee is a Pentecostal pneumatologist without peer. In his largehearted service of the biblical text he is in every way a model. Brilliant and simple, these chapters will enrich all who take the Bible seriously.”
Rev. Prof. James Innell Packer, D.Phil.
(the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia; B.A., M.A., and Doctor of Philosophy—D.Phil. from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, U.K.)

Biography of Dr. Gordon Fee:
Rev. Prof. Gordon Donald Fee, Ph.D., D.D. who was born in 1934 in Ashland, Oregon, to Donald Horace Fee (1907–1999) and Gracy Irene Jacobson (1906–1973) is an American-Canadian Christian theologian and an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God (USA). He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Fee received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees from Seattle Pacific University and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Southern California. On April 21, 2010, Fee was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where Fee has taught in the past and where a building is named for his father, Donald Fee. Fee is considered a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament. Fee is a member of the CBT (Committee on Bible Translation) that translated the New International Version (NIV) and its revision, the Today's New International Version (TNIV). He also serves on the advisory board of the International Institute for Christian Studies.

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