Jesus the Healer

Jesus the Healer

Every single instance of healing and exorcism conducted by Jesus is examined.  This is really useful and will provide the preacher with fresh insights when he comes to preach through the gospels and hits on miracle after miracle;  in this regard it is a book to be kept by your commentaries.  It's also a good example of using narrative criticism to bring out main themes int he gospels.

If you are a serious student of Scripture, or if you are thinking through the contemporary healing scene, then, with an open bible before you you'; benefit from studying this book.

Paul Pease, Evangelicals Now

 

Keith Warrington is one of a new breed of good biblical scholars who are emerging from the Pentecostal tradition.  Here he presents us with a careful study of Jesus' healing ministry with a view to asking whether that ministry is a pattern for us or was uniquely related to him.  After a general overview chapter on the purpose of Jesus' healings, he engages in a detailed examination of all the healings and exorcisms found in the Gospoels.  Then he concludes with a chapter assessing their relevance for our ministry today.

Whilst the bulk of the book is a model of careful exegesis, the final chapter is an equally carefuly argued pastoral application.

Keith Warrington is to be congratulated on giving us a book which provides such an honest examination of Scripture and an honest facing up to contemporary issues.  Its message will be a relfief to many and an encouragement to others.

The Revd Dr Derek Tidball, Principal of London Bible College

 

For me the commentaries are the most valuable part of the book.  Using the tools of contemporary New Testament scholarship, Warrington takes each of these texts and expounds them, not only for what they tell us about Jesus and his ministry, but also for what they tell us about each evangelist and how he presented each healing story within his on-going narrative as his way of teaching the community he was writing for the truth about Christ.  I can see myself turning to his book again when I have to speak on the subject.

John Gunstone, Wholeness

 

Warrington, in pastoral fashion, strives admirably to inculcate real faith in his readers, stressing opportunities to believe in Jesus based on his deeds as well as his words.  Warrington's treatment of individual healings and exorcisms offers many heretofore unexplored insights and is to be heartily recommended as a positive and pleasant read.  Warrington's tact of addressing to readers a series of well-composed questions after each chapter helps them reflect on "How do we know?" and "Why do we believe?"  He is to be thanked for his honest and open style, and for his modesty with respect to the subject matter that is not that common within the raucous cavalry style of previous scholarship.  It is because of fine, well-researched works like this present volume that we are able to continue to learn and to be motivated to carry on.

Paul Elbert

 

 


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