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John R. Levison is professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. His previous books include Filled with the Spirit and Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life.


"A challenging and stimulating study on the nature of the Spirit. . . . Students, pastors and theologians will profit from interacting with this thought-provoking work." Eugene Peterson
-- Regent College
"This book on the place of the Holy Spirit in the church and the Christian life is a tour de force. Jack Levison is, in my experience, the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known. But he is far more than a scholar; he is a Christian who is passionate to bring biblical clarity and understanding to the church worldwide. . . . I have been on the lookout for colleagues like this as I have worked to counter the dichotomizing of the church over Holy Spirit issues. Levison has become for me the major voice, thoroughly scriptural and non-combative, in this company." Phyllis Tickle
-- founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly
"Levison here gives us a brilliant line of argument that is lucidly and almost affectionately delivered -- brilliant in that it scintillates with insight after insight and connection after connection, lucid in that Levison writes with the simplicity and directness of genuine authority, and affectionate in that he approaches both his content and us as his readers with the warmest regard. Beyond all that, 'An Agenda for the Future of Pneumatology, ' which serves as the concluding section of Inspired, should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian today." Amos Yong
-- Regent University
"Jack Levison probably considers himself neither a prophet nor the son of one. Yet he does what prophets do -- identify the presence and activity of the spirit of God in the world and then discern with remarkable clarity the implications such work can and should have for our future. Inspired, aptly titled, will not only inform readers about the spirit but activate, nurture, and enable a spirit-filled way of life, learning, and virtue." James Dunn
-- University of Durham
"Levison's careful study of the Old Testament, early Jewish, and New Testament understanding of spirit -- the fruit of twenty years of research -- signals something of a revolution in contemporary understanding of the spirit of God. . . . His discussion will instruct afresh those open to learn and will provoke fruitful discussion." Theological Studies
"An engaging text about a little-known area of information that is essential to deepening comprehension of the New Testament." Presbyterian Outlook
"Few people write with such warmth and reasoned clarity about the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Here is a theological exploration that will yield great insights as well as faithful practice. This is a careful tracing of the presence of God's Spirit through the terrain of Old Testament right into the New. Like an early mapmaker, Levison provides a wonderful guide to the depth of the Spirit in Scripture." Theology
"A worthwhile read and addition to any theological library, a useful if not conclusive contribution to pneumatology." Interpretation
"Inspired builds on the solid exegetical foundation laid in the author's extensive earlier publications. Here the interest is eminently practical. Levison has deep concern about the future of the church as it understands and practices life in the Spirit. . . . Readers are greatly in his debt for the vigor and rich insight that mark his lifelong pursuit to understand the Spirit."

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