Pentecostal interpretation of biblical texts starts with the reader experiencing the revelation of the Spirit in the biblical narrative, and leading to the reader witnessing about the spiritual experience in terms that remind of the biblical narrative. Their experience is formed by the expectation that what people in biblical times experienced is to be repeated today. Pentecostals engage in narrative theology based on and described in terms of the narrative texts in the Bible. This book suggests that in their exegetical labors, Pentecostals should consider utilizing the results of a historical analysis combined with a functional and semiotic analysis to interpret narrative texts. The methods are described before it is demonstrated at the hand of Daniel 1 and 2.
Marius Nel is a research professor in the chair of Ecumenism: Pentecostalism and Neo-Pentecostalism at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.