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* Cleansed Lepers, Cleansed Hearts: Purity and Healing in Luke-Acts (Pamela Shellberg) Paperback Book, (Augsburg Fortress, 2015) 9781451485240
* Cleansed Lepers, Cleansed Hearts: Purity and Healing in Luke-Acts (Pamela Shellberg) Paperback Book, (Augsburg Fortress, 2015) 9781451485240
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Title: * Cleansed Lepers, Cleansed Hearts: Purity and Healing in Luke-Acts

Author: Shellberg, Pamela

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; Publication Date: 2015

Paperback; ISBN: 9781451485240

Volumes: 1; Pages: 192

List Price in Paper: $49.00 Our price: $14.99

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Illnesses are perceived and understood differently across cultures and over time. Traditional interpretations of New Testament texts frame the affliction lepra ("leprosy") as addressed either by ritual cleansing or miraculous healing. But as Pamela Shellberg shows, these interpretations are limited because they shift modern ideas of "leprosy" to a first-century context without regard for how the ancients themselves thought about lepra. Reading ancient medical texts, Shellberg describes how Luke might have perceived lepra and used the language of "clean" and "unclean" and demonstrates how Luke's first-century understandings shaped his report of Peter's dream in Acts 10 as a warrant for Gentile inclusion.
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