The Galilean Wonderworker

Reassessing Jesus' Reputation for Healing and Exorcism

By Ian G. Wallis

Foreword by James Crossley

The Galilean Wonderworker

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  • Publication Date: 6/19/2020
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The Galilean Wonderworker

Reassessing Jesus' Reputation for Healing and Exorcism

By Ian G. Wallis

Foreword by James Crossley

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  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: 6/19/2020
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What are the origins of Jesus’ reputation for healings and exorcisms? Few questions in Jesus studies are more hotly contested or elicit more diverse responses. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and in dialogue with recent scholarly literature, The Galilean Wonderworker offers a compelling account.



Recognizing the reciprocal relationship between personal and communal well-being within Israelite faith, this study offers new insights into how sickness and healing were understood in first-century Palestine. This, in turn, supplies the backcloth for a fresh evaluation of the evidence for Jesus’ healings and exorcisms, where the emphasis falls firmly upon the dynamics of personal encounter.



Jesus emerges as a spirit-person, capable of engendering faith and exercising authority to the extent that sufferers experienced liberation from debilitating symptoms and oppressive behaviors, many of which reflected contemporary sociopolitical conditions. Further, by vesting theological significance in these outcomes, they simultaneously constituted manifestations of God’s sovereign presence, signaling restoration of covenantal well-being.



Acknowledging that Jesus expected his disciples to heal and exorcize, the investigation concludes with an overview of how this legacy was embraced by the early church—noting how exorcism becomes incorporated into Christian initiation while spiritual healing, though continuing, is eclipsed by pastoral care and conventional medical practice.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“An increasing interest in Jesus’ miracle-working activity has arisen over recent years. In this book Wallis provides an important, insightful, and informative contribution that not only explores how Jesus’ reputation as a healer-exorcist arose, but describes in depth how sickness and healing would have been understood and experienced in his time and culture and then goes on to discuss the impact of Jesus’ healing ministry on the early Christians who came after him.”

—Eric Eve, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford



“Wallis makes a major contribution to the study of the origins of Jesus’ reputation as a healer and exorcist by situating these activities within a historical and culturally sensitive framework of how sickness and healing were understood at the time. This is an important study of how theological reflection should be situated in historical and cultural realities.”

—Pieter F. Craffert, University of South Africa

Contributors-

Ian G. Wallis
James Crossley

Bio(s)-

Ian G. Wallis is an academic and Anglican priest who lives in Yorkshire, UK, where he teaches biblical studies at St Hild College, Mirfield, and is a member of the Penistone and Thurlstone Team Ministry. Along with many scholarly articles, he has written Jesus Christ in Early Christian Traditions (1995) and Holy Saturday Faith (2000).

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