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This unit will examine the role of the Holy Spirit in the life and mission of the early church in the Greco-Roman world. The students will study key passages in the New Testament, especially John’s Gospel, Acts and Paul’s letters concerning the work of the Spirit in the Christian communities. Special attention will be given to the Spirit-Paraclete in the Johannine Farewell Discourse, the Spirit-orchestrated multicultural Jesus-communities in Acts and the Spirit-empowered body of Christ in Pauline literature. The unit will investigate the function and the power of the Spirit in the ongoing transformation of individual Christ-followers, as well as the identity-formation and the mission of the multicultural Jesus-communities in the Roman Empire.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
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