Medicine, Miracle, and Myth in the New Testament


By:J. Keir Howard
Publisher:Resource Publications
Dimensions:152mm x 229mm

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Did Jesus really restore sight to blind people? How are we to understand the stories of demon possession? What are we to make of the virgin birth? What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? These and many similar questions often arise in people’s minds as they read the New Testament, and there are few places for the general reader to look to find the answers; even ministers and students find it difficult to access useful and up-to-date information. Commentaries on the New Testament rarely pay much attention to the diagnosis of the illnesses mentioned in the Gospels and elsewhere, and the technical discussions that occasionally appear in medical and other journals are not easy to access.
Medicine, Miracle, and Myth in the New Testament is an attempt to bridge these gaps for the general reader as well as for students, ministers, and preachers, and even doctors, in order to provide a coherent interpretation of the New Testament data that meets the criteria of modern medical science. Most attention is paid to the narratives of healing in the Gospels and Acts, as it is important to be able to provide, as far as possible, a reasonable diagnosis of the conditions which Jesus met in his day to day ministry. The application of modern insights into these stories would suggest that Jesus acted as a prophetic folk healer in the tradition of the Old Testament prophets such as Elijah and Elisha, and this provides one important facet of his ministry. Other subjects on which medical science has an important bearing, such as the problems associated with the stories of the virginal conception of Jesus, the possible cause of his death on the cross, and the nature of Paul’s thorn in the flesh, for example, are also discussed, thus providing a comprehensive and intelligible outline of medical matters in the New Testament.

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Dimensions 229 x 152 mm



J. Keir Howard


Resource Publications


152mm x 229mm