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The Place of the Holy Spirit in the Exegetical Process

3 See Walter C. Kaiser, “A Neglected Text in Biblical Discussions: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.” The Westminster Journal 43 (Spring 1981). Also cognates of this word lend additional weight to this understanding: dektos acceptable, welcome, agreeable, favorable; apodechomai admit; apodoche acceptance, approval, pleasant, welcome; prosdechomai take up, receive, welcome, wait for, expect; doche reception, banquet; eisdechomai take in, receive, welcome.

4 Ronald Macauly and Jerram Barrs, Being Human: The Nature of Spiritual Experience (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1978), p. 147.

5 Roy B. Zuck, “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Hermeneutics,” Bibliotheca Sacra 141 (April-June 1984), pp. 123-124.

6 Rudolf Bultmann, “Ginosoko,” Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, ed. by Gerhard Fredrich (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1968), pp. 689-714.

7 Zuck, Ibid., p. 124.

8 R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer and Bruce Waltke, “Yada,” Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Chicago: Moody Press, 1980), Vol. 1, pp. 366-367.

9 Fuller, Ibid., p. 191.

10 W. E. Vine, “Discern,” An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (Iowa Falls: Riverside Book and Bible House), p. 306.

11 Kaiser, Ibid., p. 319.

12 Fuller, Ibid., p. 192.

13 Kaiser, Ibid., p. 319.

14 See Kaiser, Toward an Exegetical Theology, pp. 87-104 for a discussion of syntactical analysis and “mapping the route between the actual determination of the authentic meaning and the delivery of that word to modern men and women.”

15 Arthur F. Holmes, All Truth is God’s Truth (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1977), p. 79.

16 Ibid., p.78.

17 See Eisuke Kanda, “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Hearing the Word of God,” (Th. M. Thesis, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1971), for detailed study of man’s depravity and its relation to illumination.

18 Fuller, Ibid., p.192.

19 Kaiser, Ibid., p. 319.

20­­ Daniel P. Fuller, “Do We Need the Holy Spirit to Understand the Bible?” Eternity 10 (Jan. 1958), p. 7

21 Ibid.

22 Fuller, “The Holy Spirit’s Role in Biblical Interpretation,” pp. 197-198.

23 Fuller, “Do We Need the Holy Spirit to Understand the Bible?” p. 7.

 “The Place of the Holy Spirit in the Exegetical Process” originally appeared in Issue 6 (Summer 1988) of Basileia: A Journal of Theology for Worshipping Churches published by Christian Life College in Mt. Prospect, Ill. Used by permission.

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Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 1999

About the Author: William J. Pankey holds a M.A. in Christian Education from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (Springfield, MO), a M.Div. equivalent from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Ill.), a M.I.L.S. from Dominican University (River Forest, Ill.), and a D.Min. also from Trinity Evangelical. He has served as a spiritual leader in a Philadelphia Messianic congregation, and pastored at Bloomingdale (Ill.) Assemblies of God Church from 1986 till 1994. He is Professor and Coordinator of Library Technologies at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Harper College Faculty page

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