[German Version] Sickness and Healing...

Yomna Saber

The African American discourse has frequently converged with that of disability studies as both seem to have much in common. However, the intersection of race, gender and disability is not additive, it points to forging multi-layered identities that must endure marginalization, pain and stigma on myriad levels. African Americans have been linked historically to disability since the time of slavery to justify their racial oppression and 19th-century slave narratives teem with such disabled characters. The African American canon continued to display disabled characters whose physical impairments symbolized the violence and institutionalized exclusion blacks have been subject to. Throughout the 20thcentury, disability in African American literature became a politicized metaphor for victimization and isolation, and grew into another oppressive social construction like race and gender. Published in 1980, Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters delineates a plethora of African American characters suffering from disabilities or illnesses. The novel focuses primarily on the healing of its traumatized protagonist Velma Henry and her sessions with Minnie Ransom the district healer. This chapter is trying to answer the following questions: how does Velma’s narration of her story help her therapeutically? Is the novel a narrative of overcoming or an expression of the protagonist’s alterity and otherness as a literary invalid? Is Velma’s disability from that perspective oppressive or liberating? Hegemonic systems of representation have featured a lot of mad women in the attic who are negatively pitiable and stereotypically undesirable, how does Bambara conceptualize and negotiate disability in her novel for an African American woman: is she racializing and gendering disability or does she conceive race and gender themselves as disabilities? And how does the black woman, who had long been seen as the ‘mule of the world’ to borrow the phrase of Zora Neale Hurston, handle her disability and express her pain?

C.S. Lewis

A Pentecostal Reading

William K. Kay

because her husband had been married before. When he approached the Bishop of the Oxford diocese for permission to marry Davidman, this was refused. Lewis then approached Peter Bide, an ex-pupil of his who was an Anglican priest, to lay hands on Davidman and pray for her healing and also to hold the

C. Pierce Salguero, Robban Toleno, William J. Giddings, Joshua Capitanio and Marcus Bingenheimer

, this body of foreign knowledge about disease, healing, and the maintenance of health enjoyed a fair amount of popularity and social capital among Chinese elites from the sixth to the ninth century. A number of Chinese physicians (including most notably Sun Simiao 孫思邈, 581–682 ce ) engaged with

Sax, William

All cultures are characterized by medical pluralism, that is, by a situation where multiple forms of healing exist side by side. The health system of South Asia is especially pluralistic, with a wide variety of healers and healing traditions. This is partly due to the sheer number of different

Ritschl, Dietrich

Healing deals therapeutically with sicknesses or injuries, whether of body or soul, in a living organism (Health and Illness). It does so in at least four ways:

The Healing Goddess Gula

Towards an Understanding of Ancient Babylonian Medicine


Barbara Böck

Providing a comprehensive examination of the traits and areas of authority Ancient Babylonians attributed to their healing goddess, this book draws on a wide range of Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform sources, including god lists, literary compositions, lexical lists, prognostic texts, incantations, and prescriptions. Analysing the use of selected metaphors associated with the goddess, a new perspective is offered on the explanation for disease as well as the motivation for particular treatments. Special chapters deal with the cuneiform handbook on prognosis and diagnosis of diseases, medical incantations appealing to the healing goddess, and the medicinal plants attributed to her. For the first time a body of evidence for the use of simple drugs is brought together, elaborating on specific plant profiles. The result is a volume that challenges many long-held assumptions concerning the specialized cuneiform medical literature and takes a fresh look on the nature of Ancient Babylonian healing.

Ernst M. Conradie

HEALING IN SOTERIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE E rnst M. C onradie A bstract This article o ff ers some theological reflections on healing from a soterio- logical perspective. This is based on a conceptual map for soterio- logical discourse, which adapts Christological debates on theories of atonement

Leisure, Pleasure and Healing

Spa Culture and Medicine in Ancient Eastern Mediterranean


Estee Dvorjetski

The book deals with leisure, pleasure and healing at the thermo-mineral sites in the Levant since the biblical era throughout the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim periods. It looks closely at the question of whether the spas, which are models for social interaction between pagans, Christians and Jews, served as sacred cult places or popular sites of healing. The main objectives of the book are as follows: • Clarifying the leisure-time activities at the spas based on Classical and Rabbinic literature, pilgrims’ travel-books, Syriac and Arabic texts, the Geniza fragments, cartographic evidence, and archaeological findings. • Lightening the daily life, healing cults, medical recommendations and treatments. • Examining the social history of medicine at the curative baths.

Two Paradigms for Divine Healing

Fred F. Bosworth, Kenneth E. Hagin, Agnes Sanford, and Francis Macnutt In Dialogue


Pavel Hejzlar

The doctrine and practice of healing through faith has been a hallmark of Pentecostalism since its inception and helps to account for the widespread appeal of the movement. While “divine healing,” as it is called by insiders, has brought hope to the sick, it has also been a source of disenchantment and controversy. The present study offers a close look at the teaching of four major ministers of healing in the twentieth-century United States. The author distinguishes between the healing evangelists and pastoral ministers of healing who react to them. This book discusses in detail the merits of both schools and the author proposes a solution to the problems inherent in the two paradigms under scrutiny.