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Cleansed lepers, cleansed hearts [electronic resource] : purity and healing in Luke-Acts / Pamea Shellberg.

Shellberg, Pamela, (author.). Project Muse, (distributor.). Project Muse. (Added Author).
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Subject: Bible. Acts $xCriticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Luke > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Leprosy in the Bible.
Healing in the Bible.
Purity, Ritual > Christianity.

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  • ISBN: 9781451494310
  • ISBN: 1451494319
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (x, 258 pages).)
  • Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2015

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General Note: Issued as part of UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-243) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Lepra in ancient contexts -- Dektos and kathariz┼Ź -- Kathariz┼Ź texts in Luke-Acts -- Reading the Peter-Cornelius story again : "their hearts were cleansed by faith."
Restrictions on Access Note: Access restricted to authorized users and institutions.
Summary: Illnesses are perceived and understood differently across cultures and over time. Traditional interpretations of New Testament texts frame the affliction lepra ("leprosy") as addressed either by ritual cleansing or miraculous healing. But as Pamela Shellberg shows, these interpretations are limited because they shift modern ideas of "leprosy" to a first-century context without regard for how the ancients themselves thought about lepra. Reading ancient medical texts, Shellberg describes how Luke might have perceived lepra and used the language of "clean" and "unclean" and demonstrates how Luke's first-century understandings shaped his report of Peter's dream in Acts 10 as a warrant for Gentile inclusion. For Luke, "cleansing" was how the favor of God announced by Isaiah was extended to Gentiles, and the stories of Jesus' cleansing of leprous bodies in the Gospel are the pattern for the divine cleansing of Gentile hearts in Acts. Shellberg illuminates Luke's understanding of "cleansing" as one of his primary expressions of the means of God's salvation and favor, breaking down and breaking through the distinctions between Jew and Gentile. Shellberg's conclusions take up the value of Luke's emphasis on the divine prerogative to declare things "clean" for discussions of inclusion and social distinction today.
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