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Healing and Anointing
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From the earliest period, healing has played a role in Christianity. The Gospels are replete with accounts of Jesus' healing, and the apostles continued this practice (Mark 6:13). The key passage for all subsequent developments is Jas 5:14–16. The elders “pray over” the sick, “anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord” in order to heal body and soul (Sickness and Healing). All Christians should pray for the healing of others. The 3rd-century apostolic tradition knew of an episcopal blessing with oil for strength and health. Far into the Middle Ages, the West u…

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White, James F., “Healing and Anointing”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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