Spirit Baptism

A Pentecostal Alternative

By Harold D. Hunter

Spirit Baptism

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  • ISBN: 9781556359309
  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $29.00
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Web Price: $23.20

Spirit Baptism

A Pentecostal Alternative

By Harold D. Hunter

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781556359309
  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $29.00
Web Price: $23.20

About-

During the 1970s, Pentecostal seminarians who were fed a steady diet of the monographs by James D.G. Dunn and F. Dale Bruner were often co-opted by magisterial traditions. It was time for a new generation of Pentecostal scholars where Pentecostals could themselves address issues brought to the forefront of their movement. This volume became one of the first books of its kind to crest the new wave of an emerging Pentecostal scholarship.

Contemporary Pentecostal pneumatology was often regarded as a historically contributed and artificial novelty from the modern period and scores of Pentecostals were persuaded to forsake their heritage. Spirit Baptism: A Pentecostal Alternative sought to ask the question if there was canonical evidence for a Charismatic dimension in the Christian pilgrimage. An answer in the affirmative inspired a scan of Christian figures through the centuries who have embraced this theological reality. The book ends with a theological synthesis that suggests an openness to various ways the Charismatic Spirit becomes a manifest reality in the lives of believers.

Since the release of Spirit Baptism: A Pentecostal Alternative in 1983, much significant work has been accomplished in this field by Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal scholars alike. Yet this original groundbreaking work remains relevant as researchers around the world face for the first time theological issues that go to the heart of Pentecostal identify.

Endorsements & Reviews-

When it first appeared in 1983, Harold D. Hunter's Spirit Baptism both served as a comprehensive apology and response for the classical Pentecostal position to critiques such as those launched by Frederick Dale Bruner and James D.G. Dunn, and represented the initial systematic and constructive classical Pentecostal articulation of the movement's own major theological commitments. Today, twenty-five years later, this book is one of the few introductions to many of the issues taken up by biblical exegetes on both sides, but remains the only volume that engages the scriptural data and historical and dogmatic considerations. Spirit Baptism: A Pentecostal Alternative includes significant revisions at key places as well as an updated and expanded introductory chapter, which includes references that will point readers in the direction of more recent material on the topic. Yet this revised edition is still a timely volume since its arguments and conclusions continue to be relevant to the ongoing debate.
 -- Dr. Amos Yong


The last decades have seen a considerable development of interest in pneumatology among the established Christian denominations. In all this, what seems to be the central dogma of Classical Pentecostalism … has been much criticized, notably by F. Dale Bruner in his A Theology of the Holy Spirit. What has been missing in the discussion is a solid study from the Classical Pentecostalist side which takes these criticisms seriously and seeks to engage with the issues at a deeper level. Dr. Hunter's study is intended to fill this gap.

Dr. Hunter's footnotes give references to an extensive range of secondary literature so that the work would be valuable on this ground alone. It is an impressive and valuable thesis and one which deserves to be consulted and considered by all who are interested in the subject.

Professor Alasdair Heron in Scottish Journal of Theology 38:1

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Harold D. Hunter

Bio(s)-

Currently Director of the IPHC Archives & Research Center, Dr. Harold D. Hunter has served in denominational executive positions and seminary teaching positions for over 30 years which have taken him to over 50 countries. Hunter co-edited All Together In One Place , The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy and The Suffering Body. His articles have appeared in international journals, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. A past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, organizer of the first conference on global Pentecostalism and co-chair of the Azusa Street Revival Centennial Theology Track, Hunter engages the WCC, WARC, and the NCCCUSA Faith and Order Commission.

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