HOLISTIC HEALING: OLD TESTAMENT INSIGHTS ON SICKNESS AND HEALING – FOR CHURCHES IN AFRICA CONFRONTED BY HIV/AIDS

Danie C van Zyl

Abstract


Notions on sickness and healing in the Old Testament are explored with reference to
the HIV/Aids pandemic. Over and above simply collecting insights from the Old
Testament, a more ‘involved reading’ of texts, particularly of Psalms, as suggested
by Brueggemann, is argued and illustrated from Psalm 38. Perspectives from the
Umwelt and the socio-religious reality in Ancient Israel are presented in order to
create a framework for understanding Old Testament perspectives on sickness and
healing. Furthermore, perspectives on sickness and healing from African world
views and the practices in African faith healing churches are overviewed as a
challenge to the African church to use the Old Testament in its dealings with people
living with HIV and Aids.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/99-0-672

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