The Spirit and the Letter Paperback

A Tradition and a Reversal

by Fiddes, Paul S.;

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The Spirit and the Letter

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Paul's statement that 'letter kills but the spirit gives life' [2 Corinthians 3.6] has had an extraordinary impact on Christian thought through the ages. It has been read both as affirming the saving power of the new covenant in comparison to the old, and as a key to hidden, spiritual meanings in the text of scripture. It is, however, an ambiguous phrase, followed by a tangled story. This book explores the Pauline distinction both in its original context and in its aftermath in the early church, the Reformation and modern Biblical Studies. It then considers a postmodern reversal, where ideas of 'Spirit' are often seen as 'deadly' and the openness of the 'letter' or text as life-affirming, and draws conclusions for Spirit in the world.

The Spirit and the Letter was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in January 2015. The ISBN for The Spirit and the Letter is 9780567661494.

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Details for The Spirit and the Letter

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 2015)
Number of Pages288
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4298229
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