Pneuma 30 (2008) 193-194 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157007408X288073 www.brill.nl/pneu Letter to the Editor Dear Pneuma, I am a graduate student from Taiwan, who has just ﬁnished my M.A. thesis and passed my oral defense. A large portion of my thesis talks about Robert Menzies’ contribution to the Pentecostal Spirit-Baptism doctrine. Recently, his research interest has turned to contextual and indigenous studies concerning the Pentecostal movement in China. Th is turn is due, ﬁrstly, to his work in Kumming, China. Secondly, it is also a continuation of his earlier Lucan pneumatological studies, that is, he found common points between Luke-Acts and Pentecostalism. His essay “Anti-charismatic bias in the Chinese Union Version of Bible” in PNEUMA is another signiﬁcant masterpiece on the Chinese Pentecostal Movement. In this insightful essay, Menzies especially pointed out the problematic translation of prophecy as xianzhi jiang- dao (preaching prophetically) in Chinese Union Version of Bible. In consequence, Chinese church leaders often use this translation found in 1 Cor. 14:1 to persuade church members to seek the gift of jiangdao (preaching) rather than seeking the gift of speaking in tongues. As Menzies showed, in terms of the context, prophecy should not be
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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