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Title: In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians
Author: Twelftree, Graham H
Publisher: Baker Academic; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780801027451
Volumes: 1; Pages: 352
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Although the Gospel writers (other than John) evidently saw exorcism as a significant aspect of Jesus's ministry, it is curious to note that modern scholarship has largely avoided the subject. Few academic authors have given much thought either to the reality of the demonic in the first Christian centuries or to the recorded reports of Jesus's teaching on the topic. Generally the subject has been treated as an aspect of a pre-modern worldview.In this volume, Graham Twelftree admirably fills this gap in the scholarly literature. He begins by surveying Jewish and Greco-Roman teachings as well as the place of exorcists in ancient religious culture before turning to the New Testament. An important aspect of Twelftree's study is his consideration of the varied perspectives on the subject among the earliest Christians. In this regard, he examines both Jesus's place as a role model for the early church as well as Paul's curious silence on the subject of exorcism. He then turns to survey the post-canonical and second-century writings of the church fathers.Twelftree provides an engaging and thorough study of exorcism in the early church, and his work will be an invaluable resource for both scholars and pastors who are concerned with the subject.