Contents | Introduction | Chapter 1 | Chapter
2 | Chapter 3 | Conclusion | Bibliography
This dissertation attempts to understand the role of the Holy Spirit in biblical hermeneutics. The Introduction explains the background and motivation for this investigation. First, the emergence of Charismatic Hermeneutics; second, the present level of understanding within the academic community; third, the role of the church community in the hermeneutical task; and, fourth, the role of Church Tradition in hermeneutics. The first chapter reviews the literature that is available from both Pentecostal scholarship and conservative evangelical scholarship and draws attention to the breadth of understanding within these traditions. The second chapter looks at the debate between Mark Stibbe and others that arose from his book Times of Refreshing as a case study in Charismatic Hermeneutics. Lloyd Pietersen edited Mark of the Spirit? as a response to Stibbe's book. The third chapter then examines the role of Church Tradition and the Church Community in the hermeneutical task and as the context for the Spirit's activity. The work of Clark Pinnock is examined as a possible framework for further discussion. The conclusion attempts to highlight the key areas of interest and a tentative suggestion is made of another possible framework for a better understanding the Spirit's role in hermeneutics.