Description: All of the Gospels and the whole of Christian tradition depict Jesus as a miraculous healer who can cure blindness, leprosy, hemorrhages, and a host of other maladies. But how did Jesus actually heal? In this fascinating book, Donald Capps argues that Jesus was keenly attuned to the psychological causes of illness and through his ministry brought healing to body and soul alike. Capps argues that one of Jesus purposes was to heal people from mental illnesses, which people in the ancient world would have seen manifested in physical ailments such as blindness, paralysis, or other symptoms. Fully engaged in historical Jesus scholarship, Capps carefully examines Jesus deep concern for both physical and emotional health and shows how his proclamation of the kingdom of God envisioned a world without mental illness.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature
Review by Pieter F. Craffert
Citation: Pieter F. Craffert, review of Donald Capps, Jesus the Village Psychiatrist, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.