Colonized worlds engender a plethora of human responses. As the synoptic gospel authors write, in their worlds colonized by Rome to address the needs of their communities, they, intriguingly, devote about one fifth of their writings to the various ways in which Jesus restores health and life. This course explores the nature of Jesus’ healings in the synoptic gospels and asks whether most of the illnesses and diseases are possibly and probably caused by colonial displacement. Colonial occupation and the cultural construction of illness and disease are the critical lenses through which we examine theologically selected healings stories in the synoptic gospels.
- Professor: Aliou C. Niang