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Frederick Gaiser’s book Healing in the Bible is very instructive when read from an ‘ordinary reader’ perspective. The reviewer especially commends Gaiser on his ‘hermeneutic of appreciation’ and his maintaining of biblical scholarship without succumbing to western enlightenment presuppositions and thereby undermining the biblical worldview. The reviewer also welcomes the post-modern structure of the book which relies on healing narratives and case studies. However, the need for a more in-depth discussion of the author’s theological methods and the lack of a unifying thesis are possible weaknesses. The reviewer explores the various themes in the book through an African indigenous and Pentecostal lens. The reviewer specifically addresses beliefs regarding healing, sickness, exorcism and the demonic, healing and curing, and healing and symbolism. Ultimately, this book is highly recommended not only for seminaries, Bible colleges, and churches in the Global North, but especially those in the Global South.

Affiliations: 1: Regent University, School of Divinity, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 cclarke@regent.edu

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Frederick Gaiser’s book Healing in the Bible is very instructive when read from an ‘ordinary reader’ perspective. The reviewer especially commends Gaiser on his ‘hermeneutic of appreciation’ and his maintaining of biblical scholarship without succumbing to western enlightenment presuppositions and thereby undermining the biblical worldview. The reviewer also welcomes the post-modern structure of the book which relies on healing narratives and case studies. However, the need for a more in-depth discussion of the author’s theological methods and the lack of a unifying thesis are possible weaknesses. The reviewer explores the various themes in the book through an African indigenous and Pentecostal lens. The reviewer specifically addresses beliefs regarding healing, sickness, exorcism and the demonic, healing and curing, and healing and symbolism. Ultimately, this book is highly recommended not only for seminaries, Bible colleges, and churches in the Global North, but especially those in the Global South.

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