The spirit, the scripture(s), and the gospel of mark: Pneumatology and hermeneutics in narrative perspective

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Scholarship has generally conceived that the Spirit’s function within the second Gospel is to equip Jesus’ followers in order to undertake spiritual assignments and to speak the (prophetic) words of the Spirit. But, the function of the Spirit in relationship to Scripture in the Gospel of Mark offers further insight. Markan narrative rhetoric suggests that only Spirit-empowered interpreters, like Jesus, are capable of adequately providing necessary selection, revision, and meaning to the Hebrew/Greek Scriptures. Both the Spirit’s infusion of Jesus in the prologue and the role of the Spirit in David’s scriptural speech are evidence for this conclusion. © 2003 Continuum Publishing Group Ltd.

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