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Insights and models from medical anthropology for understanding the healing activity of the Historical Jesus

John J. Pilch
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 51, No 2 | a1385 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v51i2.1385 | © 1995 John J. Pilch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1995 | Published: 12 December 1995

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John J. Pilch, Georgetown University, Washington (DC), United States

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Abstract

This essay sketches a basic introdution to medical anthropology as a key to understanding and interpreting  the healing activity of the historical Jesus described in the gospels. It presents select literature, leading experts, fundamental concepts, and insights and models of special value to biblical specialists. Only a cross-cultural discipline like medical anthropology allows the investigator to  interpret texts and events from other cultures with respect for their distinctive cultural contexts in order to draw more appropriate conclusions and applications in other cultures. Applications to biblical texts are not included in this essay but may be found in other articles published by the author and listed in the bibliography.

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