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Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Power and the Spirit of God

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Both the Hebrew Bible and Christian scriptures equate the Spirit of God with power. Power is a diverse phenomenon in human experience; several instances of power are examined here with the help of social scientific and psychological analysis. The book then relates the divine Spirit power to each of these instances of power: force and violence, fear, official and religious authority, law, wealth, images and symbols, language, teaching, sexuality, friendship and love. Finally, as a synthesizing metaphor to help gain insight into the divine outreach, i.e. the Spirit of God, the author uses the experience of a human embrace, examining this with a phenomenological hermeneutic and correlating it to the various forms of power studied.

Keywords: authority; embrace; fear; force; Bible; love; metaphor; power; Spirit of God; symbol

Book.  208 pages. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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Introduction in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Basic Paradigm in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Power of Fear in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Power of Office in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Power of Fame in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Power of Law in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Power of Wealth in Power and the Spirit of God

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Power in Nature in Power and the Spirit of God

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The Power of Creativity in Power and the Spirit of God

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