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Acts and the Healing Narratives: Why?

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Acts includes a selection of healing narratives. This article asks and answers two questions concerning them. Why does Luke record the healings performed by Peter and Paul? Why does Luke record the healings performed by Stephen, Philip and Ananias? The answer to both questions is the same. The healings indicate that Jesus is present among the believers. The ascension of Jesus does not indicate his absence. The healings are reminiscent of the way Jesus healed. It is as if he was performing them himself; in reality, he is. Because of the contemporary pressures on the readers of the book of Acts, this timeless message of the centrality of Jesus is particularly important. For the contemporary reader, the lessons are the same though the context is different.

Affiliations: 1: Regents Theological College, Nantwich, Cheshire, England, CW5 6LW, Email:


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