Medicine, Miracle and Magic in New Testament Times
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Medicine, Miracle and Magic in New Testament Times by Howard Clark Kee
Book DescriptionThis book sketches and illustrates in detail the range of understandings of the human condition and remedies for ills that prevailed when Jesus and the apostles - as well as their successors - were spreading the Christian message and launching Christian communities in the Graeco-Roman world. Healing played so prominent a part in Jesus' ministry as depicted in the New Testament that it is important to understand that aspect of his appeal in the context of the ways in which it was understood by Greeks, Romans and Jews of the time. Some saw sickness as the result of magic performed against the victims by enemies, others as the work of demons. Some saw health as the result of ordering life according to nature, emphasising the beneficial effects of natural substances. Jewish attitudes, for example, ranged widely over the centuries from hostility towards physicians to regard for them as men endowed by God with special knowledge for human benefit.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521368186
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Nov-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Howard Clark Kee
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Provides in-depth information about the changing historical, social and cultural contexts in which the biblical authors and their original readers lived.
Beginnings of Christianity, Paperback (December 2005)
To understand the historical beginnings of Christianity, one requires to examine the documents that the movement produced and other evidence that can illumine the socio-cultural context in which Christianity began and how it responded to the influences. Performing such readings of the texts and communities, this is a study of Christian origins.
Evolution of the Synagogue, Paperback (November 1999)
Nine prominent scholars investigate the literary and archaeological evidence which traces the evolution of the synagogue.
Who are the People of God?, Paperback (January 1997)» View all books by Howard Clark Kee
This work examines the complex factors that shaped Judaism and early Christianity, analyzing the cardinal Judaic and Christian texts and the cultural worlds in which they were written.
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