Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He has two new books out, one this month and another in August. Both have as their focus the Holy Spirit, and should make fine additions to those books I mentioned in my Pentecost 2016 post. Today’s focus is the first of the two, while tomorrow’s post will focus on the second one.
The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking (Hardcover – June 21, 2016) by Craig S. Keener (448 pages / Baker Academic – PDF Sample)
- The Corrupted Mind (Rom. 1:18-32)
- The Mind of Faith (Rom. 6:11)
- The Mind of the Flesh (Rom. 7:22-25)
- The Mind of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5-7)
- A Renewed Mind (Rom. 12:1-3)
- The Mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:15-16)
- A Christlike Mind (Phil. 2:1-5; 3:19-21; 4:6-8)
- The Heavenly Mind (Col. 3:1-2) Conclusion
Postscript: Some Pastoral Implications
Appendix A: The Soul in Ancient Mediterranean Thought
Appendix B: Some of God's Wise Plan in Paul's Bible
This major work by a leading New Testament scholar explores an important but neglected area of Pauline theology, Paul's teaching about the mind. In discussing matters such as the corrupted mind, the mind of Christ, and the renewal of the mind, Paul adapts language from popular intellectual thought in his day, but he does so in a way distinctively focused on Christ and Christ's role in the believer's transformation. Keener enables readers to understand this thought world so they can interpret Paul's language for contemporary Christian life. The book helps overcome a false separation between following the Spirit and using human judgment and provides a new foundation for relating biblical studies and Christian counselling.
"Keener has filled a significant gap in Pauline studies as only he could do: with thousands of references to ancient sources to help us understand Paul's perspectives in context. The result is a work full of exegetical, theological, and even pastoral insight into the human mind according to Paul--especially the mind transformed in Christ."
--Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore
"In Romans, Paul interacts more fully with the thought world of his day than in any of his other letters. Only someone who is wholly familiar with the richness of Jewish scripture and tradition; with the ancient philosophies of Stoics, Platonists, Epicureans, and others; and with the reality of human experience can fully appreciate why Paul argues as he does and the effectiveness of his argument. Keener is one such scholar and his rich exposition of key passages in Romans--as well as in 1-2 Corinthians, Philippians, and Colossians--brings out the point and force of Paul's argument for his own time again and again, and in a way that reinvigorates Paul's argument for a very different time."
--James D. G. Dunn, Durham University