Re: Acts 7:55

David L. Moore (
Fri, 27 Sep 1996 11:12:20 -0400

Beta-user Rob Elkington wrote:
> Dear B-Greekers
> I am a lurker on the list - downloading your discussions and filing
> them for future reference when working on a passage. However, I need
> to come out of lurking for a moment to ask two questions:
> I am working on an MTh thesis on "The Doctrine of Subsequence in the
> Spirit Baptism Theology of the Pentecostal and Neo-Pentecostal
> Experience". I have worked through all of the OT data and am now on
> the Acts passages concerning Spirit filling.
> Question 1. Acts 7:55 uses plhrhs pneumatwn agiou to describe the
> Spirit filling of Stephen. Moulton lists this as an adjective. Is it
> correct to assume that this is a qualitative statement concerning
> Stephen? In most of the other instances of filling a verbal form is
> used.

Yes, in the expression PLHRHS PNEUMATOS hAGIOU, the adjective
PLHRHS is expressing a quality of Stephen. A verb with simalar meaning
(is it cognate?) aso found in the book of Acts, PIMPLHMI, places the
emphasis on the *event* of filling with the Holy Spirit. Cf. for
instance Acts 2:4; 4:31 and 9:17.

David L. Moore                             Director
Miami, Florida, USA                        Department of Education                     Southeastern Spanish 
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