The Holy Spirit and the Church according to the New Testament

Sixth International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars, Belgrade, August 25 to 31, 2013
Ed. by Predrag Dragutinovic, Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr, and James Buchanan Wallace in co-operation with Christos Karakolis

[Der Heilige Geist und die Kirche im Neuen Testament. Sechstes Internationales Ost-West Symposium der Neutestamentler, Belgrad, 25.-31. August 2013.]

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The Holy Spirit is a core topic in New Testament writings. In Luke-Acts, the Gospel of John, and Paul's epistles in particular, the Holy Spirit plays a significant role as expression of God's power in the life of the churches. The papers collected in this volume deal with central theological aspects of this topic from a »Western« (Protestant and Catholic) as well as from an »Eastern« (Orthodox) point of view.
This collection of essays contains the papers given at the Sixth International East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars in Belgrade, Serbia. The symposium was a project of the Eastern Europe Liaison Committee of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Main subject matters of the volume are the Holy Spirit in New Testament writings (particularly Luke-Acts, the Gospel of John and Paul), the reception and interpretation of biblical texts about the Holy Spirit in patristic theology, ancient Christian liturgy and iconography, and reflection on the role of the Holy Spirit in church life. Contributions from seminars are devoted to extra-biblical ancient Jewish and early Christian sources. All topics are discussed from a »Western« (Protestant and Roman-Catholic) theological and exegetical perspective as well as from an Orthodox point of view. An introduction reflects the results of the symposium, sketches recent research on the Holy Spirit in the New Testament scholarship and briefly points to texts and problems belonging to the topic but not dealt with in the volume.
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Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr: Introduction

I. Biblical Scholarship in Serbia
Bishop Irinej Of Novi Sad And Bachka: The Holy Spirit and the Church. An Orthodox Perspective - Vladan Tatalović: Orthodox New Testament Scholarship in Serbia

II. Papers from the Symposium
N. T. Wright:
The Glory Returns: Spirit, Temple and Eschatology in Paul and John - Christos Karakolis: The Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts: Personal Entity or Impersonal Power? A Synchronic Approach - Daniel Marguerat: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts: A Western Perspective - Predrag Dragutinović: The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Gospel of John. A Discourse Analysis of John 20:19–23 - Andreas Dettwiler: The Holy Spirit in John from a Western Perspective - John Fotopoulos: The Holy Spirit in Paul from an Orthodox Perspective - Volker Rabens: The Holy Spirit and Deification in Paul: A 'Western' Perspective - Demetrios Bathrellos: The Holy Spirit and the New Testament in St. Symeon of Thessalonica (†1429) - Katharina Bracht: Augustine and His Predecessors Interpreting the New Testament on the Origin of the Holy Spirit. The Question of filioque - Harald Buchinger: The Holy Spirit and the Church in Liturgy. A »Western Perspective«

III. Contributions from the Seminars
The Holy Spirit in Ancient Judaism
Rodoljub S. Kubat:
The Spirit in the Wisdom of Solomon and its Old Testament Background - James Buchanan Wallace: Spirit(s) in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs - Carl R. Holladay: Spirit in Philo of Alexandria

The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Gospels
Armand Puig I Tàrrech:
Holy Spirit and Evil Spirits in the Ministry of Jesus - Joel Marcus: The Spirit and the Church in the Gospel of Mark

The Holy Spirit and the Church in Second Century Christian Writings
Tobias Nicklas:
A Church without Spirit? Pneumatology in the Writings of Ignatius of Antioch - Taras Khomych: From Maranatha to Epiclesis? An Inquiry into the Origins of Spirit Invocations in Early Christianity

IV. Reflections
Manuel Vogel:
A Talk Continued. Notes and Deliberations on the Belgrade Conference - Ekaterini Tsalampouni: A Reflection on the Conference from the Orthodox Perspective - Armand Puig I Tàrrech: A Reflection on the Conference from a Catholic Perspective

Oksana Gubareva:
The Holy Spirit in Orthodox Iconography

Predrag Dragutinović Born 1972; since 2008 Lecturer for the New Testament at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Belgrade; since 2014 Associate Professor for New Testament and head of the Biblical Institute in Belgrade, and Research Associate in New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr Born 1956; 1986 Dr. theol. Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg; 1991 Dr. theol. habil.; 1997–2022 Professor of New Testament Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena; Senior Professor; Vice-President of the Eastern European Liaison Committee (EELC) of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS).

James Buchanan Wallace Born 1975; 1994–98 studied at Sewanee (The University of the South); 1998 BA in English Literature and Russian; 1998–2008 studied Theology/New Testament at Emory University Atlanta; 2002 M.Div.; 2008 PhD in Religion; since 2012 Associate Professor of Religion at Christian Brothers University.

Christos Karakolis Born 1968; 1990 Bachelor in Theology; 1990–96 Doctoral studies at the Universities of Thessaloniki, Regensburg and Tübingen; 1996 ThD; since 2005 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens.


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In: Theologische Rundschau — 82 (2017), S. 37–72 (Jürgen Wehnert)
In: Folia Petropolitana — 5 (2016), S. 315–316
In: Nouvelle Revue Théologique — 138 (2016), S. 689–690 (G. de Longcamp)
In: Religious Studies Review — 44 (2018), S. 221 (Craig D. Saunders)
In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) — 39.5 (2017), S. 11 (John R.L. Moxon)
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In: RES – Review of Ecumenical Studies — 9 (2017), S. 455–460 (Radu Garbacea)
In: Bibel und Kirche — (Matthias Blum)