An Exegetical Discussion Of Mark 2:1–12: Lessons For Forgiveness And Healing In Contemporary Christianity In Ghana -- By: Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh

Journal: Conspectus
Volume: CONSPECTUS 25:1 (Mar 2018)
Article: An Exegetical Discussion Of Mark 2:1–12: Lessons For Forgiveness And Healing In Contemporary Christianity In Ghana
Author: Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh


An Exegetical Discussion Of Mark 2:1–12:
Lessons For Forgiveness And Healing In Contemporary Christianity In Ghana1

Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh

Keywords

Confession; Disease; Sickness; Forgiveness; Healing; Health; Mark 2:1–12; Sin; Prophets

About The Author2

Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh (Rev) is the Ag. Dean of the School of Theology, Perez University College, Winneba Ghana. He teaches biblical Greek and Hebrew, and biblical hermeneutics. He is a PhD Candidate (Biblical Studies) at Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon Ghana. He has published in the area of biblical interpretation, missions, and pentecostalism.

This article: https://www.sats.edu.za/aryeh-lessons-forgiveness-healing-contemporary-christianity-ghana

Abstract

This essay discusses the relationship between forgiveness and healing in the context of Mark 2:1–12, and draws lessons for contemporary healing ministry in Ghana. Mark 2:1–12 has been interpreted by some scholars and Christian leaders to mean that they have authority to forgive sins, leading to healing. This view has been widely accepted by some contemporary prophets in Ghana. The phenomenon can hardly be in consonance with the stipulations in the gospels concerning healing. Hence, it has the potential of giving false hope to Christians and distorting the meaning of Scripture. Narrational analysis is engaged for the exegetical work, to attempt a re-interpretation of the text.

1. Introduction: The Gospel Of Mark And Healing

The gospel of Mark dedicates some substantial attention to the healing miracles of Jesus. One can literally identify a healing or miracle pericope in each chapter from chapters one to ten. According to L. Williamson Jr (2009:20–21), Mark gave considerable attention to healing, casting out of demons (exorcism), and miracles, more than the other canonical gospels. Of a total of 678 verses of Mark, 198 were dedicated to miracle stories, in which a greater portion concern healing. The healings took place mainly during the Galilean ministry recorded in chapters 1–8. Although Jesus’ healings may have been referred to as myth, folklore, and legendary by Bultmann and Dibelius, and equated to Hellenistic and Greco-Roman magicians of his day, there is no doubt, Jesus’ healings were distinct from his contemporaries, in that the h...

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