Essential Reading

The Acts of the Apostles 3:1-17; Letter of James 5:13-18. Supplementary Reading:

J. Pilch, Healing in the New Testament: Insights from Medical and Mediterranean Anthropology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000).

H. C. Kee, Medicine, Miracle, and Magic in New Testament Times (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983). Questions to Consider:

I. In the Greek New Testament, the terms for "healing" and "salvation" are the same (sozein); what are the consequences of equating the two realities?

2. Why have miracles of healing always been one of the major proofs for the truth of Christianity? What does this say about the character of this religion?

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