The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking

Craig S. Keener

The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking
The Mind of the Spirit: Paul's Approach to Transformed Thinking

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In this major work, leading New Testament scholar Craig Keener explores an important but generally neglected area of Pauline theology, Paul's teaching about the mind. Paul speaks of the corrupted mind and the mind of the flesh, but he also speaks of the mind of Christ, the mind of the Spirit, and the renewal of the mind. In articulating these points, Paul adapts language from popular intellectual thought in his day, but he does so in a way distinctively focused on Christ and Christ's role in the believer's transformation. Keener enables readers to understand this thought world so they can interpret Paul's language for contemporary Christian life.

The Mind of the Spirit helps overcome a false separation between following the Spirit and using human judgment and also provides a new foundation for relating biblical studies and Christian counseling. It will appeal to professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament as well as pastors and church leaders.

  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Corrupted Mind (Rom. 1:18-32)
  • 2. The Mind of Faith (Rom. 6:11)
  • 3. The Mind of the Flesh (Rom. 7:22-25)
  • 4. The Mind of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5-7)
  • 5. A Renewed Mind (Rom. 12:1-3)
  • 6. The Mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:15-16)
  • 7. A Christlike Mind (Phil. 2:1-5; 3:19-21; 4:6-8)
  • 8. The Heavenly Mind (Col. 3:1-2)Conclusion
  • Postscript: Some Pastoral Implications
  • Appendix A: The Soul in Ancient Mediterranean Thought
  • Appendix B: Some of God's Wise Plan in Paul's Bible
  • Indexes


Pages: 448
Publisher: Baker Academic
Published: 2016
ISBN-10: 0801097762
ISBN-13: 9780801097768

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