Book Note: Hermann Gunkel’s The Influence of the Holy Spirit


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Gunkel, THE INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Gunkel, THE INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Hermann Gunkel, The Influence of the Holy Spirit: The Popular View of the Apostolic Age and the Teaching of the Apostle Paul, translated by R.A. Harrisville and P.A. Quanbeck II (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008). (Amazon.com)

Hermann Gunkel’s Die Wirkungen des heiligen Geistes nach der populären Anschauungen der apostolischen Zeit und der Lehre des Apostels Paulus (Göttingen: Vanderhoeck & Ruprecht, 1888) has been made available in English by translators R.A. Harrisville and P.A. Quanbeck II. This book “shattered the reigning images of the New Testament idea of the Spirit” (from the blurb) when it was originally published in the late nineteenth century. In spite of being written over a century ago it remains one of the most insightful, short books on Pneumatology even today. Gunkel doesn’t waste any space. Each page is filled with insightful and thought provoking interpretations of the New…

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