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Elisha Heals Naaman
2 Kings 5:1-14 Commentary
by Brent A. Strawn
This fascinating story takes place in the midst of a section that showcases Elisha’s amazing prophetic powers (2 Kings 4:1-6:7).
Elisha succeeded the great Elijah in 2 Kings 2 and since then has been very busy. Beginning in chapter 4, he provides food for a poor widow (4:1-7), gives life to the deceased son of a rich woman (4:8-37), and then provides food for hungry people (4:38-44). However, with the healing of Naaman in chapter 5, the structure can be seen as less an envelope, which invites comparisons between the parallel elements:
a Food miracle (4:1-7)
b Healing miracle (4:8-37)
a’ Food miracle (4:38-44)
then a set up ...
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Sept. 7, 2014 - May 24, 2015
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. Read more...
Narrative Lectionary 147: Elisha Heals Naaman
November 02, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 1 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the readings for Nov. 2, 2014: 2 Kings 5:1-14 (along with some thoughts on connecting this text to All Saints Sunday). Accompanying reading: Matthew 8:2-3.
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