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Donald Capps is William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2008
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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.
This book takes a fresh look at one of the most important and yet misunderstood aspects of Jesus ministry. With an original reading of various gospel stories, Capps demonstrates that most of the persons that Jesus healed suffered primarily from mental illness relating to various forms of anxiety. His healing power lay in an ability to recognize both the cause and effects of mental illness and to employ methods that helped to prevent and alleviate it. Anyone wanting a deeper understanding of Jesus healing acts, and of how these may serve to heal us today, will benefit from reading this fascinating book. This is Donald Capps at his brilliant best. Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Nancy Taylor Williamson Associate Professor of Pastoral Care, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas