An Old Testament Theology of the Spirit of God by Wilf Hildebrandt

Why isn’t this book more well known? Rather than saying it fills a niche in the mass of books on the Holy Spirit, I’d say it fills a large hole. It covers many things that my pile of books on the Holy Spirit somehow never gets round to. Even among books specifically on the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, it is a book that better stands back and takes in the horizon. It certainly helped me tie up some loose ends in my own thinking.

I can overview the chapters and flow of this book and you will likely go, ho-hum. It seems straightforward, but its value is not in its common layout, but the incredible things it says inside it. Chapter 1 on “spirit” or “ruah” is the best I’ve encountered. It makes sense if the nebulous. Chapters 2-5 lays out in mostly OT order the Holy Spirit in Creation, in God’s people, in leadership, and in prophecy. Most chapters take a big-picture analysis before going through the requisite biblical passages. I love the design. It’s the premise and then the proof beautifully expressed and exquisitely profound.

Chapter 6 gives a few additional insights, but the success of the book is already in your hands by then. I don’t agree with the significance of every ANE connection he finds or every scholarly strand he builds, but the synthesis that the whole of the work gives is extraordinary.

I give this one the highest recommendation!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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