In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians

In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians

by Graham H. Twelftree


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To many in the church in the West, exorcism seems like the stuff of movies. It requires acceptance of the premise that evil spirits exist and can invade, control, and impair the health of an individual and that the individual can, in turn, be cured through someone forcing the evil spirits to leave. "For the vast majority of biblical scholars," asserts Graham H. Twelftree, "this is tantamount to believing in such entities as elves, dragons, or a flat earth." But for Christians throughout the world--especially the developing world--exorcism is an important part of the freedom that can be had through faith. In the Name of Jesus is the only book that explores this common part of ministry in the early church. This reliable and historical discussion provides church leaders, Bible students, pastors, and scholars with an intriguing and unique resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801027451
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,219,573
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Graham H. Twelftree (PhD, University of Nottingham) is the Charles L. Holman Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and the director of the PhD program in the School of Divinity at Regent University, Virginia. In addition to many scholarly articles and reviews, he is the author of a number of books, including Jesus the Exorcist and Jesus the Miracle Worker.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Jesus and the Problem of Exorcism
1. The Problem of Exorcism
2. Jesus and Other Exorcists
Part 2: The First Century
3. Paul
4. Q
5. Mark
6. Luke-Acts
7. Matthew
8. 1 Peter, Hebrews, and James
9. Johannine Christianity
Part 3: The Second Century
10. Fathers, Apologists, and the Early Second Century 11. Mark's Longer Ending and the Later Second Century
12. Critics of Christianity
Part 4: Exorcism among Early Christians
13. Conclusions and Contemporary Coda

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