The 'Finger of God' and Pneumatology in Luke-Acts
Woods examines Luke's use of the unusual phrase 'Finger of God' at Lk. 11.20 as a key to understanding the role of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts. Luke's interest in the Holy Spirit is well-known, so when instead of having...
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Woods examines Luke's use of the unusual phrase 'Finger of God' at Lk. 11.20 as a key to understanding the role of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts. Luke's interest in the Holy Spirit is well-known, so when instead of having Jesus say,' It I cast out devils by the Spirit of God...', as Matthew has it, he writes, 'If I by the finger of God..', Luke poses a question that has puzzled many commentators since. Woods argues that in fact the phrase finger of God' holds the key to understanding the role of the Spirit in Luke-Acts. Taking into account the background to the phrase. Luke's larger theological interests within the Beelzebub section itself, the Travel Narrative, and the programme of Luke-Acts as a whole, he offers a new solution to an old exegetical question.
Edward J. Woods (D.Litt et Phil, University of South Africa) was formerly Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at the Melbourne School of Theology, Victoria, Australia (formerly the Bible College of Victoria), where he still teaches part time.
He has also served as a moderator in Old Testament studies for the Australian College of Theology, as a pastor in Australia and as a theological teacher in Northern Zambia. He is the author of The Finger of God and Pneumatology in Luke-Acts (Journal for the Study of the New Testament. SupplementSeries 205; Sheffield, 2001) and most recently The Book of Deuternomy (Tyndale Old Testament Commentary, InterVarsity Press, 2011)
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