In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians

In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians

by Graham H. Twelftree

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Overview

To many in the church in the West, exorcism seems like the stuff of movies. It requires acceptance of the premise that evil spirits exist and can invade, control, and impair the health of an individual and that the individual can, in turn, be cured through someone forcing the evil spirits to leave. "For the vast majority of biblical scholars," asserts Graham H. Twelftree, "this is tantamount to believing in such entities as elves, dragons, or a flat earth." But for Christians throughout the world--especially the developing world--exorcism is an important part of the freedom that can be had through faith. In the Name of Jesus is the only book that explores this common part of ministry in the early church. This reliable and historical discussion provides church leaders, Bible students, pastors, and scholars with an intriguing and unique resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441205995
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Graham H. Twelftree (PhD, University of Nottingham) is the Charles L. Holman Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and the director of the PhD program in the School of Divinity at Regent University, Virginia. In addition to many scholarly articles and reviews, he is the author of a number of books, including Jesus the Exorcist and Jesus the Miracle Worker.
Graham H. Twelftree (PhD, University of Nottingham) is the academic dean of London School of Theology. He previously taught at Regent University in Virginia. Twelftree is the author of a number of books, including Jesus the Exorcist, Jesus the Miracle Worker, In the Name of Jesus, and Paul and the Miraculous.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Jesus and the Problem of Exorcism
1. The Problem of Exorcism
2. Jesus and Other Exorcists
Part 2: The First Century
3. Paul
4. Q
5. Mark
6. Luke-Acts
7. Matthew
8. 1 Peter, Hebrews, and James
9. Johannine Christianity
Part 3: The Second Century
10. Fathers, Apologists, and the Early Second Century 11. Mark's Longer Ending and the Later Second Century
12. Critics of Christianity
Part 4: Exorcism among Early Christians
13. Conclusions and Contemporary Coda

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