Book Published: 2020
HTS Religion & Society Series: Volume 9
The book uses various theoretical perspectives to explore Jesus as healer and how he compares to other healers during his time. While Jesus uses similar healing practices such as exorcism, he differs with other healers of his time because his healing practices were intended to restore the sick to God and to their gender role within the household. Thus, the perspective of Jesus as a shalom healer best captures the various restorations of dignity, gender, and wholeness that Jesus brings.
Thus, from watching the OER, viewers benefit in a) understanding the various Greco-Roman and Jewish healthcare systems of Hippocratic, public, and folk healthcare behind the healing narrative, b) comparing Jesus healing practices to folk healers of his time and, c) understanding how African believers understand Jesus as healer.
Editor and Presenter: Zorodzai Dube, Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion Studies, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
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