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
Spirit: comforter, prophetic prompt, navigator, and more. John Carrolls inviting, image-rich book on the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (and its contexts) is full of scholarly insight, and yet it is highly readable. The work of a consummate teacher, this volume is perfect for the beginning student and full of bibliographical suggestions to encourage those who wish to dig more deeply. It deserves a wide readership.
Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Marys Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD
This contribution to the Core Biblical Studies series is simply a gift. Carrolls close attention to the New Testament texts in their Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts sheds refreshing light on a topic too often hijacked by doctrinal or ecclesial debate. This informed but accessible volume allows readers to glimpse the elusive, mysterious, and life-giving ways of the Spirit in earliest Christian tradition.
Suzanne Watts Henderson, Associate Professor of Religion, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC