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Jesus: Exorcist and Healer

Amanda Porterfield

in Healing in the History of Christianity

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157185
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.003.0010
Jesus: Exorcist and Healer

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Exorcism and healing are among the most prominent of all the miraculous acts ascribed to Jesus Christ in the New Testament gospels. There are seventy-two accounts of exorcisms and healings, ten of them refer to crowds of witnesses, an indication of the gospel writers' understanding that Jesus' ministry included highly visible, public acts of exorcism and healing. Only recently have scholars found ways of understanding Jesus' exorcisms and healings that do justice to the gospel writers' insistence on their centrality without violating modern scientific understandings of material reality. To appreciate the significance of these new insights, this chapter examines them in an historical context, as part of an ongoing intellectual struggle in Western Christianity to develop a rational understanding of miracles.

Keywords: exorcism; healing; miraculous acts; Jesus Christ; New Testament; Western Christianity; miracles

Chapter.  9699 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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