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Filled with the Spirit Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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― Review of Biblical Literature
“Levison has provided a compelling, eloquent, sensitive reading of texts related to God’s Spirit. . . . Filled with the Spirit is a category-altering book with the potential to reshape how one ministers and lives as a spirit-empowered agent in the world.”
― Word and World
“There are many books on the Holy Spirit, but few historical studies of the development of pneumatology (as the study of the Spirit is called), and this is a good and subtle one. It takes the reader into ancient Jewish and pagan texts as well as the Bible, and shows how variegated and complex was the background against which Paul could speak of ‘the fruits of the Spirit’.”
― Church Times
“An impressive study.”
― Journal of Ancient Judaism
“A remarkable read.”
“[Here] is a new book that will become, and perhaps already has become, the benchmark and starting point for all future studies of the Spirit. The effusiveness of the endorsements match what I have seen in the book: a full study of the evidence in the Old Testament, the Jewish literature, Greco-Roman materials and the New Testament, and a comprehensive re-evaluation of the state of the art. . . . This book is eloquent and exceptional. Buy it and read it.”
― Scot McKnight
on the blog Jesus Creed: Scot McKnight on Jesus and Orthodox Faith in the 21st Century
“Levison’s scholarly book is worth buying for the wealth of his research on Greco-Roman literature, for his extensive use of the Qumran writings that cast light on the biblical texts, and for multiple precious insights into both testaments, all presented in a delightful, engaging style.”
― Catholic Biblical Quarterly
“This insightful and meticulous research is addressed to fellow scholars, but graduate students and pastors will find that it rewards patient application. It deserves a prize.”
― The Bible Today
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Besides style, the book is rigorously argued and sourced. He effortlessly floats across the historical writings of Israel/Judah, early/2nd Temple Judaism, Greco-Roman spirituality, and early Christian writings. One is left with the deep impression of how diverse a role the Spirit played in these various communities. If you're interested in the development of the Spirit in early Judaism/Christianity, Levison's volume is now a must-read standard.
The effusive endorsements from top-notch scholars are not exaggerated. It's really that good.
Recommended for fellow scholars or graduate students of theology and/or biblical studies.