Jesus The Village Psychiatrist

Jesus The Village Psychiatrist

by Donald Capps
     
 

ISBN-10: 066423240X

ISBN-13: 9780664232405

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

All of the Gospels and the whole of Christian tradition depict Jesus as a miraculous healer who can cure blindness, leprosy, hemorrhages, and a host of other maladies. But how did Jesus actually heal? In this fascinating book, Donald Capps argues that Jesus was keenly attuned to the psychological causes of illness and through his ministry brought healing to body

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Overview

All of the Gospels and the whole of Christian tradition depict Jesus as a miraculous healer who can cure blindness, leprosy, hemorrhages, and a host of other maladies. But how did Jesus actually heal? In this fascinating book, Donald Capps argues that Jesus was keenly attuned to the psychological causes of illness and through his ministry brought healing to body and soul alike.

Capps argues that one of Jesus' purposes was to heal people from mental illnesses, which people in the ancient world would have seen manifested in physical ailments such as blindness, paralysis, or other symptoms. Fully engaged in historical Jesus scholarship, Capps carefully examines Jesus' deep concern for both physical and emotional health and shows how his proclamation of the kingdom of God envisioned a world without mental illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664232405
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
0.37(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Somatoform Disorders
From Psychosomatic Illness to Somatoform Disorders     3
A Short History of Hysteria     15
Freud's Writings on Conversion Disorder     27
Jesus Cures
Two Paralyzed Men     37
Two Blind Men     57
The Demon-Possessed Boy     81
Jairus's Daughter and the Hemorrhaging Woman     105
Epilogue: The Woman Who Cared for Jesus     133
References     137
Index     141

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