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Israel's Divine Healer

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Contents Preface to Series Preface Abbreviations Introduction 0.1. Purpose 0.2. Methodology 0.3. The Old Testament Language of Healing 0.3.1. The Root rampam': Lexical and Etymological Discussion 0.3.2. The Root rampam': Old Testament Usage and Meaning 0.3.3. The Old Testament Language of Healing: Additional Vocabulary 0.4. The Old Testament Terminology for Sickness 0.5. A Note on the Literature Cited 1. Human Physicians and Healing Deities 1.1. Introduction and General 1.2. Human Physicians 1.2.1. Human Physicians in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia 1.2.2. Human Physicians in Canaan and Israel 1.3. Healing Deities 1.3.1. Healing Deities in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia 1.3.2. Healing Deities in Ancient Syria-Canaan 1.3.3. Asklepios/Aesculapius 1.4. A Sampling of Jewish and Christian Views on Human and Divine Healing 1.4.1.Jewish Views 1.4.2. Christian Views 2. Israel's Divine Healer in the Torah and Historical Books 2.1. Introduction: One God, One Healer 2.2. Foundations in the Torah 2.2.1 Exodus 15:26 2.2.2. Blessings and Curses 2.2.3.The Promise of Long Life 2.2.4. The Promise of Fertility 2.2.5. Deuteronomy 32:39 and Divine Smiting and Healing in the Torah 2.2.6. Infectious Scale Diseases" and Sin in the Torah and Historical Books 2.2.7. Exodus 4:10 12 2.3. Divine Smiting and Healing in the Historical Books 2.3.1. Sickness as a Curse/Judgment Act in the Historical Books 2.3.2. Prophetic Healing in the Historical Books 2.3.3. 2 Kings 18:4 and neh.umshtamn 2.3.4.The Root rampam' in 1 Kings 18:30; 2 Kings 2:21 22; 2 Chronicles 7:14; 30:20 3. Israel's Divine Healer in Poetry and Wisdom Literature 3.1. The Book of Psalms 3.1.1. Sickness and Healing in the Psalms: Overview 3.1.2. The Classification of the Psalms of Sickness and Healing 3.1.3. Characteristic Elements of the Psalms of Sickness and Healing 3.1.4. The Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, and Social Condition of the Seriously Ill Petitioner 3.1.5. Sin, Sickness, and the Enemies" 3.1.6. One Foot in the Grave" 3.1.7. The Living, the Living They Praise You" (Isaiah 38:19a) 3.1.8. Sickness as Chastisement 3.1.9. The Healer of All Diseases (Psalms 103; 146; 147) 3.1.10. Psalm 91: A Psalm of Divine Protection 3.1.11. The Psalms of Sickness and Healing in the Life and Liturgy of Israel 3.2. The Book of Proverbs 3.2.1. Wisdom as the Path of Life and Health 3.2.2. Proverbs 3:7 8 3.2.3. marpem' and 'en marpem': Healing, Remedy, Cure" and Without Healing, Remedy, Cure" 3.2.4. Further Psychosomatic Observations 3.3. The Book of Job 3.3.1. Overview 3.3.2. The Main Players 3.3.3. Epilogue: The Moral of the Story 3.4. The Book of Ecclesiastes 4. Israel's Divine Healer in the Prophetic Books 4.1. The Prophets and the Restoration of Israel 4.1.1. Sin-Sick" Israel and Its Healing" 4.1.2. Healing" in Hosea 4.1.3. Healing" in Jeremiah 4.1.4. Healing" in Isaiah 4.1.5. Faithless Shepherds and the Healing" of the Flock 4.2. The Final Healing" of the Nations and Israel 4.2.1 The Prophets and the Nations 4.2.2. Israel's Eschatological Healing" 5. Israel's Divine Healer in the New Testament 5.1. Old Testament Healing and New Testament Healing 5.1.1. Continuity and Discontinuity 5.1.2. The New Testament Vocabulary of Healing 5.2. Aspects of the Healing Ministry of Jesus the Messiah 5.2.1. Healing and the Kingdom of God 5.2.2. Healing and the Eschatological Jubilee 5.2.3. Healing and the Holy Spirit 5.2.4. Healing and the Sabbath 5.2.5. Healing and Compassion 5.2.6. Healing and Faith 5.2.7. Healing and the Authentication of Jesus as Messiah 5.3.Sickness, Satan, Sin, and Suffering 5.3.1. Sickness and Satan, Demons and Disease 5.3.2. Sickness and Sin 5.3.3. Sickness and Suffering 5.4. Healing in the New Testament as a Paradigm for the Relationship Between the Testaments 6. Conclusions and Reflections 6.1. Summary and Conclusions 6.1.1.Sickness as a Curse; Healing as a Blessing 6.1.2. God as Healer 6.1.3. Doctors and Medical Practice 6.1.4. Sickness, Sin, Chastisement, and Healing 6.1.5. Prophetic Healing and the Kingdom of God 6.1.6. The New Testament Continuum and Fulfillment 6.2. Theological and Practical Reflections Notes Select Bibliography Name Index Subject Index Scripture Index

About the Author

Michael L. Brown, (Ph.D., New York University) is president and professor of practical theology at Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry. He has also served as adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion, and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.

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