In an area of study that is sometimes neglected and often debated,
this book offers readers fresh insight through careful attention to the
different ways the New Testament writings present and interpret the Spirit of
God. With Carroll’s guidance, readers will gain a sense of the identity and
activity of the Spirit manifest in the cultures and literature that informed the
New Testament and its earliest audiences. The author also maps the distinctive
views of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament books, employing a literary “close
reading” of texts where the Spirit figures prominently. Readers discover that
for the writers of the New Testament all of life is touched by the Holy Spirit.
And for human beings this life is lived in the awareness God’s presence,
sustained in hope through adversity and pain, open to change and new
possibilities, and equipped and empowered to act boldly and speak prophetically
by wise Spirit shaped discernment. The Spirit in the New Testament is a creative
force sustaining, fostering, and restoring life ? the first and last word both
whispered and even shouted as the divine breath animating embedded and embodied
human life and community.