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Jesus Christ as Medicine of Life: A St. Ephrem Christological Perspective

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  • Rev. Fr. Jomy Joseph
    Jesus Christ as Medicine of Life: A St. Ephrem Christological Perspective. by Rev. Fr. Jomy Joseph In the ancient civilized societies, health and diseases were
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      Jesus Christ as Medicine of Life: A St. Ephrem Christological
      Perspective.

      by Rev. Fr. Jomy Joseph

      In the ancient civilized societies, health and diseases were allied
      with deities and therefore often magic and medicine went together.
      The Indian Vedic Text `Atharva Veda' contains prayers against
      diseases. In China, health and disease are integrated into the
      philosophy of the Tao and the two polar principles, the yin and the
      yang. In ancient Egypt, people believed that pain and sickness are
      caused by the gods and goddesses.

      But today `Health and Healing' are under the purview of a new deity,
      Global Market Economy. New inventions and innovations to health care
      have moderately tainted the relationship of medicine to medical
      ethics. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) on the products and
      processes of the medical world ended up in a new `Medi-Ethics' –
      "Profiteering from the sick! As a student of Praxis Theology,
      cannot close my eyes towards the ongoing tyranny in the healing
      scenario. In this very context where the health concerns are at its
      zenith, St. Ephrem's healing imagery "Jesus as Medicine of Life" (a
      Christological perspective) has not only theological implications,
      but also ethical implications in today's Christendom.

      To read more, please visit:
      http://www.socdigest.org/articles/03mar08.html
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