The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is God and indivisible from the Father and the Son. Robert Letham thus develops a holistic and canonical view of the Spirit in the context of the Trinity, the person and work of Christ, and redemption. Heeding the cumulative wisdom of God’s people through the ages, he touches on disputed matters with care and grace—ultimately providing a deeply biblical, irenic, and engaging contribution to our understanding of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.


“A gold mine of scholarship. . . . It is a rare scholar who can write well in both historical and biblical theology, and Letham is eminently qualified to do so.”
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“Dr. Letham has provided us with a clear and thorough examination of the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit, explaining how controversies have arisen and been debated over the centuries. He presents different views fairly and respects the positions taken by others, while at the same time he defends classical Reformed orthodoxy with grace and conviction. . . . An essential reference work.”

—Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“A rich combination of biblical, historical, and systematic theology coupled with shrewd analysis and insight, all placed in tribute to the triune Lord.”

—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

“One need not agree at every point to greatly benefit from this sound and, in view of persisting controversies, balanced treatment of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. All told, an impressive accomplishment.” 

—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary 

“Take[s] us on a historical, biblical, and theological journey that wonderfully and engagingly presents to us the riches and richness of who the Spirit is, what he does, and what he continues to do in creation and redemption. This is a book written for the church—theologians and pastors will benefit greatly, but so will ‘ordinary’ church members.”

—Ian Hamilton, President, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, England

“This is an excellent comprehensive study of the Holy Spirit, one that those with an interest in the topic cannot afford to ignore.” 

—Tony Lane, Professor of Historical Theology, London School of Theology

“This is a work of massive erudition, reflecting a lifetime of disciplined study, while at the same time excelling in analysis and evaluation. Yet it is also marked by appropriate humility. . . . Students seeking light on such questions as the filioqueand the gifts of the Spirit will turn to this rich source for years to come.”

—Donald Macleod, Postgraduate Supervisor, Systematic Theology and Church History, Edinburgh Theological Seminary

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