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By Wilf Hildebrandt

Wilf Hildebrandt rigorously explores the which means of “the Spirit” within the previous testomony. He examines the position of God’s Spirit in construction, within the institution and protection of God’s humans, in prophecy, and in Israel’s management. He unveils the significant function that the Spirit performs in creatively bringing concerning the directives of God. in the course of the Spirit, God brings order out of chaos, ushers the invisible into truth, makes a separation among the sacred and the profane, allows particular humans to satisfy specific wishes, and supersedes normal legislation. This paintings sheds mild at the Spirit of God in either the outdated testomony and the hot testomony.

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Moltmann's perceptive views on the human spirit in God in Creation: An Ecological Doctrine of Creation (trans. M. Kohl; London: SCM, 1985) 262ff. 133. 2 7 The Semantic Range of ruah in the Hebrew Canon 15 troubled" (41:8). Or the ruah may be revived, as in the case of Jacob when he received good news (45:27). It may also refer to the general feeling of a people as a group. When Moses tried to help the Israelites out of bondage, their ruah was discouraged or in anguish (Exod 6:9). At times, the ruah of the people could be moved to generosity and cooperation (35:21).

Ahab's ruah is depressed when he does not receive Naboth's vineyard (1 Kgs 21:5). Food and drink may also revive the famished per­ son physically, which in turn revives the spirit (Judg 15:19; 1 Sam 30:12). In the midst of adverse circumstances, the ruah may also lose "courage," as in the case where the enemies of Israel were faced with the conquest activities (Josh 2:11; 5:1; Isa 19:3). " However, Yahweh may "stir up" the ruah and provide the courage neces­ sary for the individual to accomplish God's purposes (Jer 51:11).

Wind is metaphorically used of the illusory aspects of life such as an empty inheritance and toil without reward (Prov 11:29; 25:4; 27:16; Eccl 5:16 [15 MT]). In addition, words and speeches devoid of wisdom, substance, and truth are likened to a blustering wind (Job 6:26; 8:2; 16:3). " God is the creator of the wind, which he releases from storehouses at his discretion. Wind functions in the normal course of nature to bring clouds, seasonal rains, and storms. But, the winds are also instruments and messengers in God's hands through which the divine purposes are accomplished.

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