This article's concern is a better understanding of the word "charisma" in its different contexts in the New Testament (e.g., 1 Corinthians 12). It argues that scholarship has not adequately appropriated the linguistic insights of James Barr, in particular his concerns to distinguish word and concept. The author warns against the influence of a popular theological understanding that "spiritual gifts" are Spirit-given abilities.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2000. 15 pages.