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The Holy Spirit and Ethics in Paul: Transformation and Empowering for Religious-Ethical Life, Second Revised Edition

The Holy Spirit and Ethics in Paul

Transformation and Empowering for Religious-Ethical Life, Second Revised Edition

Volker Rabens (Author)


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Among the different understandings of the Spirit in the New Testament, Paul's Spirit language stands out for being at once dynamic and sometimes impersonal—inviting comparison with the Stoic notion of spirit (pneuma) as a substance. Volker Rabens reexamines Paul’s statements about the Spirit in the widest possible contexts and argues that the alleged parallels with Stoic conceptions are at best ambiguous. Paul understands the work of the Spirit relationally, Rabens argues, and it is through intimate relationships that the Spirit transforms and empowers people's lives.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451472202
  • Pages 394
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date February 1, 2014


"Volker Rabens combines exemplary exegetical work and a decisive command of recent scholarship to enrich and invigorate our grasp of Pauline pneumatology. Rabens puts the exclamation point where it belongs—not on subsidiary questions but on Paul’s quest for a relationship with God that lies at the heart of the life of virtue. Outstanding scholarship, the product of a keen mind, assiduous research, and a passion for getting pneumatology right."
—Jack Levison
Seattle Pacific University

"Readers of Paul seeking to understand how the Spirit transforms believers will find here important new resources for thought. Rabens makes a significant contribution to a hot debate, tracing Paul's understanding of the relational self.  This is a fine book, well worthy of this second edition."
—John Barclay
Durham University
"Volker Rabens has provided us with a theologically reflective and exegetically thoughtful study, which reaches a well-founded overall result. His exegetical explorations of the Pauline texts show a large familiarity with Pauline Theology as well as with its religio-historical context and with contemporary research on Paul. The interplay of theological awareness and careful exegeses makes this book a landmark contribution to research in Pauline pneumatology and ethics."
—Michael Wolter
University of Bonn