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Healing, Weakness, and Power: Perspectives on Healing in the Writings of Mark, Luke, and Paul (Audrey Dawson) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2008) 9781606083130
Healing, Weakness, and Power: Perspectives on Healing in the Writings of Mark, Luke, and Paul (Audrey Dawson) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2008) 9781606083130
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Title: Healing, Weakness, and Power: Perspectives on Healing in the Writings of Mark, Luke, and Paul

Author: Dawson, Audrey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9781606083130

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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Healing by Jesus and the apostles is not a popular subject for biblical studies today, but the importance of healing in the first-century eastern Roman Empire was enormous. In the New Testament writings of Mark, Luke and Paul we find considerable variation in their use of divine healing. With respect to Jesus' healing, Mark and Luke both emphasize it, but differ in their representation of its purpose and source. Also, Mark's accounts of Jesus' healing combine with his overall description in the Gospel to underline his theological view (a theologia crucis), while Luke depicts healing as showing primarily the glory of God (although a theologia crucis is also present) and he presents the theological aspect of Jesus' healing within each healing narrative.Healing in the early church is then compared in Acts and Paul's undisputed letters. Luke continues to emphasize the power and evidential value of healing in spreading the gospel. Paul, instead, emphasizes the 'essence' of Jesus' ministry, love and compassion, and underplays healing , both by himself and by members of the churches he planted. The main reason for this seems to be because of his 'thorn in the flesh'; his physical weakness demonstrates that the gospel truth shines only because of Christ's influence. Paul's illness probably also sensitizes him to the risk of healing becoming a power which could compromise a fellowship based on love and equality.Finally, the legacy of Jesus' healing is considered briefly over the subsequent few centuries. Table of Contents Foreword by Robert P. Menzies xiii Acknowledgements xv Abbreviations xvii Chapter 1 Introduction 1 1.1 A Review of Recent Scholarship 1 1.1.1 R.P. Menzies 2 1.1.2 J.D.G. Dunn 5 1.1.3 M.M.B. Turner 8 1.2 The Thesis 11 1.2.1 Outline of Study 12 Chapter 2 The Spirit and Life-Giving Wisdom in Intertestamental Literature 14 2.1 Introduction 14 2.2 The Spirit in the Messianic Traditions 16 2.2.1 The Nature of the Characteristics of Messianic Figures 16 2.2.2 The Spirit and Wisdom in the Messianic Tradition in 1 Enoch and the Psalms of Solomon 17 2.3 The Spirit and the 'Life-Giving Wisdom' in Qumran and the Wisdom of Solomon and the Spirit and Extraordinary Wisdom in other Intertestamental Literature 20 2.3.1 The Spirit and the Life-Giving Wisdom in 1 QH and the Wisdom of Solomon 21 2.3.2 The Spirit and Extraordinary Wisdom in Intertestamental Literature 23 2.3.3 The Sprit and Extraordinary Wisdom 28 2.3.4 The Sprit and Extraordinary Wisdom in Hellenistic Literature 32 2.3.5 Summary 38 2.4 The Spirit in Rabbinic Literature 39 2.4.1 A Consideration of Anachronism 40 2.4.2 The Spirit and Extraordinary Wisdom 40 2.4.3 Midr Ps 14:6 and Deut R 6:14: The Removal of Evil Impulse and the Eschatological Outpouring of the Spirit 43 2.4.4 Summary 48 2.5 The Spirit and the Resurrection of the Dead in Jewish Apocalyptic Perspective 48 2.6 Conclusion 51 Chapter 3 The Relationship between the Spirit in Paul and the Kingdom of God in the Synoptics 52 3.1 Introduction 52 3.2 Kingdom Terminology in Paul 53 3.2.1 The Scarcity of References to the Kingdom of God in Paul 53 3.2.2 Kingdom of God Sayings in Paul 55 3.3 Paul's Choice of Spirit Language for the Kingdom of God 61 3.3.1 Statistical Analysis 61 3.3.2 The Eschatological Framework in Paul and the Synoptics 62 3.3.3 The Similarity between Life in the Spirit in Paul and Life in the Kingdom in the Synoptics 68 3.3.4 Righteousness in Paul and the Synoptics 90 3.3.5 Ethics in Paul and the Synoptics 99 3.3.6 Summary 107 3.4 Conclusion 107 Chapter 4 The Spirit and the Blessings of the Kingdom of God in Luke-Acts 110 4.1 Introduction 110 4.2 The Spirit and Sonship (The Sense of Abba): The Experience of Jesus' Pneumatic Anointing (Lk. 3:21-22; cf. Lk. 11:2; 22:42): A Spirit-given Sonship? 111 4.2.1 Lukan Redactional Features 112 4.2.2 The Messianic Figure of the Heavenly Proclamation and Its Pneumatological Concern 112 4.2.3 The Spirit: The Inauguration of Jesus' Sense of Sonship or of the Messianic Task? 113 4.3 The Spirit and Ethics 116 4.3.1 The Role of the Spirit-endowed Mighty One: John the Baptist's Prophecy (Lk. 3:16-17) 117 4.3.2 The Temptations of Jesus (Lk 4:1-13) 122 4.3.3 Summaries of Community Life (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; cf. 5:12-16) 128 4.3.4 Summary 133 4.4 The Spirit and Resurrection 133 4.4.1 The Spirit and the Proclamation of the Resurrection 135 4.5 Salvific or Conversional Experience and the Gift of the Spirit 136 4.5.1 The Spirit in Luke-Acts (Infancy Narratives): Prophetic or Soteriological? 136 4.5.2 Conversion and the Reception of the Spirit 140 4.5.3 Summary 159 4.6 Conclusion 160 Chapter 5 The Primary Role of the Spirit in Relation to the Kingdom of God in Luke-Acts: Proclamation 162 5.1 Introduction 162 5.2 The Spirit as the Presence of the Kingdom of God? 163 5.2.1 Luke 11:2 163 5.2.2 Luke 12:31-32 (cf. Luke 11:13) 164 5.2.3 Luke 11:20 168 5.2.4 Summary 111 5.3 The Spirit and the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God 171 5.3.1 The Spirit and Jesus' Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Lk. 4:16-30, 42-44) 171 5.3.2 The Spirit and the Church's Proclamation of the Kingdom of God 178 5.4 Conclusion 194 Chapter 6 Conclusion 196 Bibliography 199 Index of References 213 Index of Authors 224
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