The Holy Spirit We Never Knew

Date(s) - 02/01/2020
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Brite Divinity School


The Holy Spirit We Never Knew
Thirteenth Jean and Patrick Henry Seminar
Saturday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth
Jack Levison, W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX

Seventeen words into the Bible, the Spirit hovers over a murky chaos. One hundred and thirteen words from the end of the Bible, the Spirit invites everyone who is thirsty to drink for free. At the start and finish the Spirit is there, bringing order to chaos and satisfaction to people with parched throats. Throughout, the Spirit is active, yet we know so little about the Spirit of God. With our Bibles at hand, we will explore the unknown but not unknowable world of the Spirit, searching out how the Spirit hovers, fills, rushes, clothes, rests, and is poured out upon people. Through the Old and New Testaments, you will learn to expect the unexpected of the Spirit, to prepare for the unprecedented, and, just as important, to discover the unlikely presence of the Spirit where you may least expect it—in the grit and grime of everyday life.

Jack Levison has been featured in the Huffington Post and on,, and, and his writings appeal to a wide popular audience. Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, considered him “the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known.” Jack is also an internationally acclaimed scholar; with a BA from Wheaton College, an MA from Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Christ’s College and winner of the Fitzpatrick Prize for Theology, and a PhD from Duke University. Jack now holds the W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is the author of many books, both popular and scholarly. Jack lives in Dallas, with an office down the hall from his wife of thirty-seven years, Priscilla Pope-Levison, who is an associate dean at Perkins School of Theology.