Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament (2020)

Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament Walter Wink Naming the Powers The Language of Power in the New Testament Book annotation not available for this title Title Naming the PowersAuthor Wink WalterPublisher Augsburg Fortress PubPublication Date Number of Pages Binding Type PAPERBACKLibrary of Congre
  • Title: Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament
  • Author: Walter Wink
  • ISBN: 9780800617868
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament Walter Wink Book annotation not available for this title.Title Naming the PowersAuthor Wink, WalterPublisher Augsburg Fortress PubPublication Date 1983 09 01Number of Pages Binding Type PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress 83048905
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  1. David

    This might not be a classic, but Wink s book and the two sequels are frequently cited After years of noticing such citations in other books I was reading, I figured I d go back to the source Wink s book does a fantastic job in making what the Bible says about spirits demons angels and such palpable for modern people On one extreme are materialists who discount all the Bible, or other literature, says about such things since, well, we modern people know such things do not exist Wink s book seems [...]

  2. Aeisele

    I liked the first two sections of this book very very much Wink does a great job exploring the textual evidence of the language of Powers , and is convincing in his interpretation of the inter related reality of the heavenly and earthly powers or the spiritual and material powers This does significant justice to the text and the early Christian s sense of what the powers were in the ancient world He is not convincing in the 3rd section, however He asserts, without much argument, that we should r [...]

  3. Ethan

    The beginning of at least a three part exploration into the powers.The author spends his time in this first edition setting forth the situation, exploring lexical data and usage, discussing disputed passages, and providing provisional conclusions based on the data Appendices go into greater detail about the usage of certain words and concepts.The author sets forth the fundamental challenge what does it mean to say that a given person or entity has power How is power exercised Who is behind power [...]

  4. Greg Williams

    This is the first volume of Walter Wink s 3 volume series that explores the power language used by the New Testament In Paul s letters in particular, there are references to principalities and powers over whom Christ rules While this language in Paul often seems to imply spiritual powers, this same language is used throughout the New Testament for human rulers and authority as well This first volume focuses on the language used when referring to The Powers That Be The first section of this volum [...]

  5. Richard

    I loved this book I do not agree with Wink on many points, but I love his analysis, this thoughtful reflection on scripture and the insight he brings Looking forward to reading volume 2 and 3.

  6. Adam Ross

    Wink s classic study of the principalities and powers should be required reading for every Christian The first half of the book is exegetical in nature, exploring the Greek terms for power in the New Testament carefully and in detail From this Wink concludes that each of the words for power cover an overlapping range of semantic meaning, that is they are or less interchangeable He also concludes that the words for power in the New Testament can be used to speak interchangeably of individuals, s [...]

  7. Scott

    A few years ago I read Wink s The Powers that Be, the one volume summary of his comprehensive trilogy that begins with this book, Naming the Powers The summary electrified me and altered my thinking on a handful of theological issues Wink is largely responsible for recovering the language of powers from the scripture He contends that there is a spiritual reality to systems and institutions and that when we struggle for social justice, we don t just struggle against physical manifestations of pow [...]

  8. Garland Vance

    I would give this 3.5 stars if I could I had to read this book for a class that I am taking, so the timing of reading the book was not the best In other words, I think that this book could have been excellent if the timing of reading the book were a bit different for example, if I were preparing to fight against some institutional evil and wanted to better understand the social and spiritual forces and how they collude with each other.The book is divided into three parts Part 1 portrays an overv [...]

  9. J.D.

    This book was excellent in starting the Powers Trilogy by beginning to set the stage for a biblical understanding of the powers and their implications then and now whether earthly or spiritual good or bad, etc Unbeknownst to me I actually read The Powers that Be first several years ago and only discovered after the fact that it was a summary of the trilogy While at first I felt silly for it, I m glad that I had that and so the language was familiar as I approached this book I don t believe I m a [...]

  10. James

    Another book I wish I had read decades ago Wink tackles theological issues that most shy away from His is both a scholarly and compassionate look at how we think about the forces of evil and of good He addresses the scandal of our calling ourselves monotheistic while naming a plethora of spiritual beings alongside of God He closes with significant work around the power and usefulness of the stories and myths that we use to think about the powers This should be mandatory reading for every young s [...]

  11. Gene

    Sub title The Language of Power in the NT Excellent treatment of the use of the language of powers in the NT which often have been not understood or badly interpreted With this first of three volumes Wink not only gives a clear and forceful interpretation but shows how the often esoteric language of many of texts written as codes in times of persecution can provide for our age the same hopeful and challenging guidance as they did for our ancestors.

  12. Josh

    I m very interested in what Wink has to say about power, but I m not sure that this book would be of much interest to someone who isn t a New Testament scholar I might recommend that those who are not skip this volume Not that there s nothing interesting here Mostly, I just feel unqualified to comment on Wink s exegesis.

  13. Bill

    A theological treatise on the concept of the powers that situates them neither as simply metaphors of institutions nor literal supernatural entities, but rather as the inner metaphorical subjective within ness of the concretion of power and institutions Heady stuff but I learned a lot 3.4 Martinie glasses

  14. Jason

    In an odd synchronicity, it turns out that SF author Neal Stephenson has also been turned on to Wink s work.

  15. David

    so thoughtful and helpful in de mystifying the confusing, shadowy language of the powers I recently incorporated some of Wink s ideas in church ministry, and it has proved quite effective.

  16. Eric

    a solid introduction to Winks project the first 2 3s is fairly dry word study work but the last third picks up substantially.

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