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Healing in Early Christianity

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/9780195157185.003.0011
Healing in Early Christianity

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Christianity has provided innovative forms of health care as well as spiritual healing that has figured prominently in Christianity's popularity and expansion. Early Christians nursed the sick to emulate the healing ministry of Jesus. Missionary outreach to the sick contributed to the reputation and stability of the new religion and the epidemics that ravaged ancient cities gave Christians opportunities to demonstrate their healing faith.

Keywords: Christianity; health care; spiritual healing; healing; Jesus; missionary outreach; epidemics

Chapter.  9889 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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