New Perspectives on Healing, Restoration and Reconciliation in John’s Gospel


In New Perspectives on Healing, Restoration and Reconciliation in John, Jacobus (Kobus) Kok investigates the depth and applicability of Jesus’ healing narratives in John’s gospel. Against the background of an ancient group-oriented worldview, it goes beyond the impasse of most Western approaches to interpreting the Biblical healing narratives to date.

He argues that the concept of healing was understood in antiquity (as in some parts of Africa) in a much broader way than we tend to understand it today. He shows inter alia why the interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan woman could be interpreted as a healing narrative, illustrating the ancient interrelationship between healing, restoration and reconciliation.

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Jacobus (Kobus) Kok, (Ph.D.), Evangelical Theological Faculty Leuven, is Head of Department of New Testament Studies and NRF Y1 Research Associate (and former Ass. Prof.) at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria in South Africa.
All interested in social-scientific approaches to New Testament Studies, and anyone concerned with Healing, Restoration and Reconciliation from a Christian perspective.