Healing In the New Testament: Insights from Medical and Mediterranean Anthropology
by John J. Pilch
Fortress, Minneapolis, 2000. 180 pp. $18.00. ISBN 08006-3178-1.
IN THIS COMPILATION OF ARTICLES, Pilch proposes a synthesis of medical anthropology with Mediterranean anthropology as a hermeneutical tool for the study of the canonical healing stories in the Gospels and Acts. Western biomedical ethnocentrism has failed to provide a satisfactory theory for understanding the healthcare system of biblical antiquity. Medical anthropology is a relatively new discipline. Its goal is to enable meaningful cross-cultural comparisons, and in this study, cross-temporal as …