The Pauline Metaphors of the Holy Spirit

The Intangible Spirit’s Tangible Presence in the Life of the Christian

by Erik Konsmo (Author)
©2010 Monographs 233 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 130


In the Pauline literature of the New Testament, the characteristics of the Spirit and Christian life are described through the use of metaphor. An interpreter of Paul must understand his metaphors in order to arrive at a complete understanding of the Pauline pneumatological perspective. Thus, The Pauline Metaphors of the Holy Spirit examines how the Pauline Spirit metaphors express the intangible Spirit’s tangible presence in the life of the Christian. Rhetoricians prior to and contemporary with Paul discussed the appropriate usage of metaphor. Aristotle’s thoughts provided the foundation from which these rhetoricians framed their arguments. In this context, The Pauline Metaphors surveys the use of metaphor in the Greco-Roman world during the NT period and also studies modern approaches to metaphor. The modern linguistic theories of substitution, comparison, and verbal opposition are offered as representative examples, as well as the conceptual theories of interaction, cognitive-linguistic, and the approach of Zoltán Kövecses. In examining these metaphors, it is important to understand their systematic and coherent attributes. These can be divided into structural, orientational, and ontological characteristics, which are rooted in the conceptual approach of metaphor asserted by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. This book evaluates these characteristics against each of the Pauline Spirit-metaphors.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
New Testament Holy Spirit Pauline Literature/Corpus Rhetorical Criticism. Apostle Paul
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XVIII, 233 pp.

Biographical notes

Erik Konsmo (Author)

The Author: Erik Konsmo earned his Ph.D. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California. He currently serves as the Head of School at Renton Christian School and as an adjunct professor in the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Konsmo is a certified superintendent with the Association of Christian Schools International and a licensed minister with the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God.


Title: The Pauline Metaphors of the Holy Spirit