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Title: The Holy Spirit’s relationship with judgment in Luke-Acts
Author: Kienzler, Jonathan
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract:
Many scholars have focused on passages or themes in Luke-Acts, discussing either the Holy Spirit or judgment, yet no study has given focus to the interconnection between the two, especially in regard to condemnatory judgment. This thesis explores the Holy Spirit's relationship with judgment in Luke-Acts. The first chapter defines the terminology and the narrative-critical method employed. The works of Robert P. Menzies, Max Turner, Matthias Wenk, and Rustin Jack Umstattd are examined to survey the extent that a relationship has been developed between the Spirit and judgment in Luke-Acts. Seven texts that link the Spirit and judgment are the focus of chapters two through eight: Luke 3:16-17; 12:8-10; Acts 5:1-11; 7:51; 8:18-23; 13:9-11; 28:25-28. In these texts, the Holy Spirit is connected in some way with fire, unforgiveness, deception, resisting, greed, blindness, or condemnation. In each instance, Luke's presentation is examined to determine the Spirit's role, and ultimately how judgment is developed. The second chapter discovers that Jesus' baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire is central to the relationship between the Spirit and judgment in Luke's work. Through the Spirit, Jesus judges, cleanses, purges, and divides his prepared people from the world. The third chapter examines the blasphemy against the Spirit, defining this offence as a denial of Jesus by a believer. The Spirit cleanses a believer in forgiveness but also executes final judgment on the unforgiven. Chapters four and seven examine how Luke portrays the Spirit as the executor of Jesus' judging work on Ananias and Sapphira, who blaspheme the Spirit in their deceit, and Elymas, who is plunged into darkness for his opposition. Chapter six highlights that the Messiah alone bestows the Spirit. Chapters five and eight discuss the Jewish rejection of Jesus; yet the Spirit exposes their condemnation and God's salvation is still proclaimed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.553808  DOI: Not available
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