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Spiritual Death of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation (William P Atkinson) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2009) 9789004171992
Spiritual Death of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation (William P Atkinson) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2009) 9789004171992
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Title: The Spiritual Death of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation

Author: Atkinson, William P

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004171992

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 294

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The teaching of Kenyon, Hagin and Copeland that Jesus "died spiritually" (JDS) is important because of the influence of these men, not least on Pentecostalism. JDS originated with Kenyon, and has been taught in the Word-faith movement by Hagin and Copeland, despite much criticism. It incorporates three elements: in this death, Jesus was separated from God; partook of a satanic nature; and was Satan's prey.This theological appraisal takes research far further than previous works, both in method and in scope. It concludes that adoption of JDS by Pentecostalism would be damaging in several respects, and thus draw the latter away from its moorings in traditional Christianity. Pentecostals and others are advised to reject the bulk of this teaching. ContentsAbbreviations, Conventions and Textual Editions Table I: Timetable of Midrashic Collections Referred to in this Book Pt. 1 Introductions Ch. 1 General Introduction 3Ch. 2 Methodological Introduction: On The Self-Referential Reading of PRK Texts 20Pt. 2 Pesikta Derav Kahana (PRK) on Its Own Ch. 3 The Forms of PRK's Preaching: Exegesis Turned Homilecial 45Ch. 4 PRK's Thematic Concerns: A Theology of Intimacy, Humility, and Indulgence 67Pt. 3 PRK in Relation to What Came Before: Tannaitic Comparisons Ch. 5 From Exegesis to Homily: Stylistic Comparisons 97Ch. 6 From Honor to Intimacy: Thematic Comparisons 120Pt. 4 PRK in Historical Context Ch. 7 The Social and Institutional Context: The Changing World of Late Antiquity 147Ch. 8 The Rhetorical Context: Contemporary Christian Homily 163Appendix The Hebrew/Aramaic Text of Selected PRK Midrashim 193Bibliography 209Source Index 215General Index 217
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