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Appeals To Jesus As The One ‘Who Heals Every Illness And Every Infirmity’ (Matt 4:23, 9:35) In Amulets In Late Antiquity

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One of the intriguing aspects of the study of Christianity in late antiquity? a period extending, roughly, from the third to the seventh centuries? is the process whereby Christian narratives, beliefs, and norms emerge and develop in the discourse and the practices of the population. This chapter examines how can one situate the appropriation of this particular passage?Matt 4:23/9:35?for this specific practice?the preparation and application of amulets for healing and protection?within the broader field of the reception and interpretation of scripture? In short, among Greek papyri amulets that incorporate Christian motifs, Jesus? power to heal is often epitomized in the language of Matt 4:23/9:35. Finally, the use of formulaic expressions from scripture in amulets, like the phrase from Matt 4:23/9:35, highlights the role of ritual actions in the reception of scripture.

Keywords: Christian narratives; Greek papyri amulets; Jesus? power; late antiquity; Matt 4:23/9:35



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