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Healing in the History of Christianity$
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Amanda Porterfield

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.001.0001

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Healing in Early Christianity

Healing in Early Christianity

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Healing in the History of Christianity
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Amanda Porterfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.003.0011

Christianity has provided innovative forms of health care as well as spiritual healing that has figured prominently in Christianity's popularity and expansion. Early Christians nursed the sick to emulate the healing ministry of Jesus. Missionary outreach to the sick contributed to the reputation and stability of the new religion and the epidemics that ravaged ancient cities gave Christians opportunities to demonstrate their healing faith.

Keywords:   Christianity, health care, spiritual healing, healing, Jesus, missionary outreach, epidemics

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