PAUL KARIUKI NJIRU, CHARISMS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT'S ACTIVITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST . An Exegetical-Theological Study of 1Cor 12,4-11 and Rom 12,6-8
The task of understanding Paul's theology of charisms presents one with a number of difficulties because not all the uses of the word χάρισμα in the Pauline corpus offer the same perspective. This dissertation is dedicated to an exegetical-theological study of 1Cor 12,4-11 and Rom 12,6-8, two important passages where the Apostle Paul develops most fully his idea of charisms in connection with his concept of the Church as the body of Christ. However, since one of the principal aims of this work is to understand the concept of χάρισμα we also scrutinize other relevant texts from the NT. In short, this work seeks to interpret exegetically those Pauline passages that deal with χάρισμα in order to arrive at a sound interpretation of his teaching on spiritual gifts. Since Paul placed much emphasis on the role of the Spirit in giving out these gifts, we pay attention to the role of the Holy Spirit in distributing these gifts to believers.
This book comes at a time when the reality of the charismatic movement in the Church needs to be better understood and appreciated. However, this can only take place if Paul's concept of χάρισματα is correctly interpreted and understood. Theologians or anyone interested in the role of the spiritual gifts will welcome this systematic inquiry and find it a stimulating and useful resource.
PAUL KARIUKI NJIRU, born in 1963 in Kyeni, Embu (Kenya), is a priest of the Diocese of Embu, Kenya. After his secondary education he first entered St. Joseph's seminary and then St. Thomas Aquinas seminary, Nairobi. In 1991 he was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urbanian University. Ordained priest in 1993, he has worked in Kairuri parish as assistant priest, served as diocesan youth chaplain, and worked as education secretary to the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Embu. During his six years in Rome, he was awarded an S.T.L. (1999) and an S.T.D. (2002) in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
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