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II. The healing of the blind

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The Old Testament speaks several times of the blind and the special protection that they enjoy, whilst it is also prophesied on a number of occasions that God will make the blind see. In the Talmud the blind are branded as "dead;" their lot is just as pitiable and harsh as that of the poor, the lepers and the childless. The New Testament contains a number of marvelous healings of blind person. The story of the healing of the blind man or men at Jericho is given. The gradual development of the blind man towards full understanding, with the increasing enmity of the Jews, proves that the author's own thoughts also have their say here. But this does not mean that the healing of the man born blind is also part of these thoughts. There is not a single reason to doubt the reliability of the account of the healing.

Keywords: blind; Jericho; Jews; Old Testament; Talmud

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