By Bradford E. Hinze, D. Lyle Dabney
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Come, Holy Spirit, is an invocation that has echoed down during the centuries as Christians have recalled, celebrated, and expected the appearance of the Spirit-not in basic terms that of the nice ceremonial dinner of Pentecost, but in addition within the numerous locations and instances within which God has breathed the Spirit anew into the historical past of God's humans and the historical past of God's international. This number of essays seeks to attract realization to that fab number of advents of the Spirit, and through so doing to provide an orientation for students and scholars alike to the learn of Pneumatology, the disciplined mirrored image at the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. those essays have been initially ready for a symposium on Pneumatology that used to be held at Marquette collage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 17-19, 1998. the gang of foreign and ecumenical students that convened for this event-historians, biblical exegetes, philosophers and systematicians-were invited either due to their recognition of their respective fields in addition to their well known contributions to the examine of this doctrine. Their collective mandate was once to enquire the manifestations of the Spirit as those are being taken care of within the a variety of theological disciplines. From the start, accordingly, the goal was once to provide a collection of papers that might function a good advent to the present nation of study into Pneumatology.
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The Fire in the Word 41 What do all of these images from the world of inanimate nature have in common? Every one of them is an image of movement, and every one of them suggests a source. The source is obviously God or, in the New Testament, also Jesus. The movement originates from God (or Jesus) as source but it works a manifest effect in the created order, specifically in human beings. Something happens when the Spirit moves upon a person, and while that activity conceivably in some cases could be observed only by faith, the texts regularly point to some observable phenomenon as an effect of the Spirit.
2 It is this breath of God, rather than the blood of the gods, that directly relates man to the divine world, an orientation he can ignore only at the peril of his life. b. ). In Genesis 1:2, the ruah elohim has traditionally been translated, “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (KJV) or “the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters” (RSV), whereas other modern translations like the NAB have “a mighty wind…swept over the surface of the waters” (NEB) or “a wind from God swept over the face of the waters” (NRSV).
In the later church the death-resurrection model for baptism (rather than the baptism of Jesus) became the dominant one, for reasons that are not entirely clear. Perhaps the immersion-emersion rite lent itself more easily to the death-resurrection motif. Perhaps, too, the reaction to adoptionism led the church to mute the emphasis on the baptism of Jesus. The later separation of confirmation from baptism may also have led to relegating the primary role of the Holy Spirit to the later sacrament.