Jewish understanding of illness

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  • Jewish understanding of illness- Links to sin and demon possession.
    • Sickness thought to be the result of sin.
      • John 9:2 " Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
      • 2 Samuel 12:14 " but because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the lord, the son born to you will die"
      • Mark 2- healing of the paralyzed man- forgiveness of sin leads to physical healing
    • Sickness due to demon possession
      • it was believed in those days that disease, especially mental illness, was due to a person being possessed by demons
      • Demons of evil spirits were thought to have entered a person and to be responsible for sickness
      • Luke 9- " teacher, i beg you look at my son... A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsion so that he foams at the mouth.


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