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Bibil Identifier bibil:200030
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Early Christian Missionaries as Physicians
Title (English, ) Healing and its Cultural Value in the Greco-Roman Context
Author Bazzana, Giovanni Battista
Journal Novum Testamentum. An International Quarterly for New Testament and Related Studies (Volume: 51, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 232-251 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Q 10 shows some features that equate Jesus' missionaries to Greco-Roman medical practitioners. Moreover, some early Christian texts developed the same imagery, accompanying it with some hints of social critique. Conversely, under the early empire, the prestige and the privileges of doctors, who had good patronage connections, were significantly increased through imperial legislation. The Christian choice of representing missionaries as physicians may be understood by employing the anthropological category of “mimesis”. This entailed a critique of the patronage system and, hence, it arguably won the Christian mission a part of its success in some sectors of the ancient society.
DOI 10.1163/156853609X407493
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Medicine
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Mission
Pericopes Mark 10
Luke 10
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