publication . Article . 2009

Healthy economics or cautionary tales? The narrative microeconomics of four Matthean healing stories

Laura Anderson;
Open Access Afrikaans
  • Published: 05 Nov 2009 Journal: HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (issn: 0259-9422, eissn: 2072-8050, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AOSIS
<jats:p>This article explores the four Matthean stories wherein an individual supplicant requests a healing on behalf of someone else: the centurion for his paralyzed servant, the ruler for his dead daughter, the Canaanite woman for her demon-possessed daughter, and the man for his epileptic son. The paper proposes a methodology of narrative microeconomic analysis. By applying the method to the stories, a pattern of three primary exchanges is observed: the locational, healing and conflict exchanges. By examining how the stories conform to and deviate from this pattern, a complex picture of the textual microeconomies emerges, one that contradicts the unitary macr...
free text keywords: Gospel of Matthew, healing narratives, narrative microeconomic analysis, globalisation, supplication, The Bible, BS1-2970, Practical Theology, BV1-5099, Religious studies, Ambivalence, Narrative, Ruler, business.product_category, business, Daughter, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychoanalysis, Globalization, Sociology, Servant, Literature, business.industry
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