The Holy Spirit in the New Testament

By John T. Carroll Published
The Holy Spirit in the New Testament
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Explore the diverse ways that New Testament presents the meaning, activity, and significance of the Holy Spirit.In an area of study that is sometimes neglected and often debated, this book offers readers fresh insight through careful attention to the different ways the New Testament writings present and interpret the Spirit of God. With Carrolls guidance, readers will gain a sense of the identity and activity of the Spirit manifest in the cultures and literature that informed the New Testament and its earliest audiences. The author also maps the distinctive views of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament books, employing a literary close reading of texts where the Spirit figures prominently. Readers discover that for the writers of the New Testament all of life is touched by the Holy Spirit. And for human beings this life is lived in the awareness Gods presence, sustained in hope through adversity and pain, open to change and new possibilities, and equipped and empowered to act boldly and speak prophetically by wise Spirit shaped discernment. The Spirit in the New Testament is a creative force sustaining, fostering, and restoring life  the first and last word both whispered and even shouted as the divine breath animating embedded and embodied human life and community.


An excellent and essential introduction to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, this book is the work of a seasoned scholar with a love for the church and a knack for teaching. Whether you are an experienced pastor, a student, or simply an inquisitive Christian, youll discover in this surprisingly brief and readable book a friendly guide and dependable first step to understanding the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.

Jack Levison, W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

John Carroll teaches readers about the Holy Spirit in the most effective and engaging way: by helping us listen carefully to the various perspectives expressed by the New Testament authors, one at a time. This crisp and accessible survey of scriptural texts and emphases will not limit our ongoing imagination about the Spirits work but rather will ensure we remember that there have always been multiple convictions about how the Holy Spirit figures in a distinctively Christian understanding of God and the good news.

Matthew L. Skinner, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

John T. Carroll has provided the general reader with an exceptionally helpful overview of the New Testament teaching on the Holy Spirit. Carroll expertly locates the various perspectives on the Spirit present in the New Testament within relevant literary and cultural frameworks and offers perceptive readings of individual texts that are fully attentive to narrative and structural concerns.

Blaine B. Charette, Professor of New Testament, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

About the Author

John T. Carroll

John T. Carroll is the Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament and Director of the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. His Ph.D. is from Princeton Seminary.

His primary research and teaching interests include the Gospels, the message and ministry of Jesus, early Christian apocalyptic literature, theological interpretation of the Bible, and the intersections between the Bible and contemporary culture and between the Bible and contemporary ethical concerns.