The purpose of this book is to present a critically informed contemporary Pentecostal hermeneutic rooted in Pentecostal identity, in its stories, bellefs and practices. As Pentecostals began entering academic communities of higher learning, their interpretive methods became both mainstream and modernistic as they adapted the historical critical methods, or the so-called scientific hermeneutic. The proposed hermeneutic contained in this book desires to move beyond the impasse created by Modernity, instead pushing Pentecostals into the contemporary context by critically re-appropriating early Pentecostal ethos and interpretive practices for a contemporary Pentecostal community. The Pentecostal hermeneutic is a three-way interaction for theological meaning between the Holy Spirit, the Pentecostal community and sacred Scripture.
Table of Contents
Chapter One. "Defining Pentecostalism: A Diverse and Paradoxical Endeavor."; Chapter Two. "Shifting Paradigms; the Hermeneutical Context of Early Pentecostals."; Chapter Three. "Early Pentecostal Biblical Interpretation: The Bible Reading Method."; Chapter Four. "Pentecostal Story: The Hermeneutical Filter."; Chapter Five. "Current Pentecostal Hermeneutical Concerns."; Chapter Six. "A Contemporary Hermeneutical Strategy."
Kenneth Archer is Assistant Professor of Theology at the Church of God Theological Seminary Cleveland and Ordained Minister with the Assembly of God