I do have to say, though, that having this public presentation of the first chapter of Barnes' forthcoming book on the Holy Spirit from Second Temple Judaism through Augustine (from which our incredible seminar last year drew its name and focus) is doing to be pretty freaking cool. Getting other faculty and grad students to respond is going to be fascinating as the context of the text start running the gauntlet of other scholars' expertises. (I've actually been invited to respond with my friends Mike Harris and Dan Lloyd at the next session, but I'm not sure that I'll have something specific enough. And the session following that is one I'm the speaker for, anyway.) I brought this research into my doctoral exams as my specifically historical focus, so I'm already pretty sold on the topic. A link is included to the first chapter on the "Jewish Roots of Christian Mysticism's" already-incredible webpage, for anyone who might be interested in reading some work on the very "cutting edge" of historical theology. It's an exotic flavour, maybe even an acquired taste, but you won't be disappointed.
JEWISH ROOTS OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM
Tuesday, February 14, 5pm, AMU Ballroom C
Dr. Michel René Barnes
Veni Creator Spiritus:
Early Theology of the Spirit asCreator
Respondent: Dr. Deirdre Dempsey
Dr. Barnes' chapter is already available in electronic form: