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Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Early Christ Groups

Giovanni B. Bazzana


The earliest Christian writings are filled with stories of spirit possession and exorcism, which were crucial for the activity of the historical Jesus and for the practice of his earliest followers. Possession, besides being a harmful event that should be exorcized, can also have a positive role in many cultures. Often it helps individuals and groups to reflect on and reshape their identity, to plan their moral actions, and to remember in a most vivid way their past. This book illustrates some of the major ways in which a critical aspect of spirit possession can emerge in texts of the early Ch ... More

Keywords: Christian writings, spirit possession, exorcism, historical Jesus, identity, religious experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300245622
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300245622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanni B. Bazzana, author
Harvard Divinity School