Possession & Exorcism in the New
Testament & Early Christianity
By Eric Sorensen
306 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/8"
$97.50 paper original
The author studies the origins & early development of exorcism in Christianity
as well as the importance of demonic & divine spiritual possession in early
Contents include: the ancient Near east-affliction & conjuration in ancient
Mesopotamia, pollution & purification in Zoroastrianism. Ancient Israel & Early
Judaism-possession & exorcism in the Hebrew Bible & Septuagint, Pseudepigrapha,
Dead Sea Scrolls. Early Greece-the Gods, the Greek Daimon, avenging spirits,
the Erinyes, possession & prophetic inspiration, illness, madness, binding the
possessed, medicine & possession, cultic healing. The New Testament-Demons,
the significance, terminology & authority of exorcism, Deity & divine possession.
Early Christianity-transferal of cult, magic & exorcism, wisdom, visual rhetoric,
possession & ethics, heresy, exorcism & initiation, charismatic exorcism. Bibliography.
Reference index. Author Index. Subject Index.
WissUNT zum Neuen Testament. Vol 2. No. 157
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