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In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism Among Early Christians

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Although the Synoptic Gospels treat exorcism as a significant aspect of Jesus's ministry, other parts of the New Testament (e.g., John and Paul) say little to nothing about exorcism. Which is more reflective of early Christian belief and practice? The...


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Although the Synoptic Gospels treat exorcism as a significant aspect of Jesus's ministry, other parts of the New Testament (e.g., John and Paul) say little to nothing about exorcism. Which is more reflective of early Christian belief and practice? The answer to that question has relevance both for biblical scholars and for the contemporary church.

Graham Twelftree explores this debated issue by examining exorcism in the New Testament world before embarking on a chronological study of all relevant New Testament passages. He supplements his New Testament exploration with an analysis of how second-century Christians and critics viewed exorcism.

This comprehensive study yields a nuanced view of the early Christian church and its view of Jesus as a model for ministry.

"Graham Twelftree has proved himself, by several top-level monographs, as the expert of the day in his cautious, meticulously detailed examination of Jesus as an exorcist and miracle worker. He now judiciously extends the examination to the early church's view and practice of exorcism from Paul through to the Greek Apostolic Fathers. There is no better, nor even comparable, treatment. This will dominate a generation of study."
--Max Turner, professor of New Testament studies, London School of Theology

"Contemporary accounts of exorcisms abound but there has been very little written on the practice from a rigorous biblical and historical perspective until now. In the Name of Jesus fills this gap and provides the reader with numerous helpful insights into the text of Scripture and into the practice of the church in the second century. This book is exceptionally well researched and will prove to be an indispensable source for biblical scholars as well as anyone interested in the theme of spiritual warfare. I cannot think of anyone better suited to write this volume than Dr. Twelftree."
--Clinton E. Arnold, professor and chairman, department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology

"For over two decades Graham Twelftree has closely studied the question of exorcism. This stimulating and graciously provocative work is essential reading for anyone working in the field."
--Rikk Watts, associate professor of New Testament, Regent College
-Publisher.

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.
-Publisher

Although the Synoptic Gospels treat exorcism as a significant aspect of Jesus - 's ministry, other parts of the New Testament say little to nothing about exorcism. Which is more reflective of early Christian belief and practice? Graham Twelftree explores this debated issue by examining exorcism in the New Testament world and studying all relevant New Testament passages. - ?Graham Twelftree has proved himself, by several top-level monographs, as the expert of the day in his cautious, meticulously detailed examination of Jesus as an exorcist and miracle worker. He now judiciously extends the examination to the early church - 's view and practice of exorcism from Paul through to the Greek Apostolic Fathers. There is no better, nor even comparable, treatment. This will dominate a generation of study. - ? ?'Max Turner, London School of Theology - ?Contemporary accounts of exorcisms abound, but there has been very little written on the practice from a rigorous biblical and historical perspective until now. "In the Name of Jesus" fills this gap and provides the reader with numerous helpful insights into the text of Scripture and into the practice of the church in the second century. This book is exceptionally well researched and will prove to be an indispensable source for biblical scholars as well as anyone interested in the theme of spiritual warfare. I cannot think of anyone better suited to write this volume than Dr. Twelftree. - ? - ?Clinton E. Arnold, Talbot School of Theology - ?For over two decades Graham Twelftree has closely studied the question of exorcism. This stimulating and graciously provocative work is essential reading for anyone working in the field. - ? - ?Rikk Watts, Regent College - ?In this excellent book, Graham Twelftree describes the place and practice of exorcism among the early Christians. He discusses Jesus as an exorcist, the way exorcism does or does not feature in the various strands of the New Testament, and exorcism in the second century in both Christian texts and those of their critics. His balanced and insightful scholarship will be of immense value to scholars and students alike. This book will make a major contribution to this important but comparatively neglected area of study. - ? - ?Paul Trebilco, University of Otago
-Publisher

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Graham Twelftree

Graham H. Twelftree (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) an Australian, is distinguished professor of New Testament at 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 In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians; Jesus the Exorcist; Jesus the Miracle Worker; and People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke's View of the Church.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • Part 1: Jesus And The Problem Of Exorcism<br>1. The Problem Of Exorcism <br>2. Jesus And Other Exorcists<br>part 2: The First Century<br>3. Paul <br>4. Q <br>5. Mark <br>6. Luke-acts <br>7. Matthew <br>8. 1 Peter, Hebrews, And James <br>9. Johannine Christianity<br>part 3: The Second Century<br>10. Fathers, Apologists, And The Early Second Century 11. Mark's Longer Ending And The Later Second Century <br>12. Critics Of Christianity<br>part 4: Exorcism Among Early Christians<br>13. Conclusions And Contemporary Coda

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