The Outpouring of the Spirit: Scriptural Echoes in Pauline Pneumatology

October 30, 2015

Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University

Richard B. Hays, Ph.D.

MsgrRichard B. Hays is Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and New Testment ethics. His books include The Moral Vision of the New Testament, The Faith of Jesus Christ, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, a commentary on 1 Corinthians, and The Conversion of the Imagination. His most recent pubication is entitlted Reading Backwards, a book about the interpretation of the Old Testament in the Gospels. Dean Hays is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Msgr. McPartlan


Lecture Abstract

This lecture will explore the significance of Israel’s Scripture as the generative linguistic and theological matrix for the Apostle Paul’s vivid descriptions of the work of the Holy Spirit. 

Our preoccupation with other issues in Paul’s letters (e.g, Christology, law, justification) has sometimes obscured recognition of Paul’s complex and literarily rich account of the Spirit in the church.  But there is much to be gained by a careful examination of Paul’s creative reception of a great variety of Old Testament images of the Spirit. This lecture, then, will explore the implications of thinking about Pauline pneumatology from an intertextual perspective.  For example, Paul proclaims that the Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies, leads the children of God, and groans with us and for us; these affirmations all have significant Old Testament antecedents that shed light on Paul’s message.  The lecture will first seek to identify and explicate such images, particularly in Romans and in the Corinthian correspondence--and then to reflect on our own theological appropriation of the metaphorical field created by these intertextually resonant images.