Bible--Old Testament--Psychology

Indigenous African Demonic Deliverance and its Transference into Pentecostalism with Subsequent Refining: Ghana and its Diaspora as a Case Study

Author
Duane Sterling Sims M.A.
Abstract

This paper examines how the traditional Ghanaian worldview has been contextualized by grass-roots Christians in Ghana, and further by Ghanaian Pentecostals, and how this has been exported, adapted, and refined from Ghana across national and continental lines to its diaspora. I hope to address some key questions regarding Ghanaian deliverance practices (at home and abroad) and integrate my findings into ministry, whether to Africans or anyone. Some of these questions include: “What drives Ghanaians to seek deliverance? How have they, historically, sought to deal with the spirit realm? How do they currently seek to deal with it? What are some of the differences between a traditional Ghanaian understanding and that of a Ghanaian Pentecostal view?”

Seven steps to healing: experiential reframing and its connections to Job and Jeremiah

Author
Debra von Samuelson
Abstract
Is there an ancient understanding of the healing of trauma at work in the books of Job and Jeremiah that parallels a contemporary model of trauma therapy known as Experiential Reframing? The answer to this question is the focus of this project. Using Experiential Reframing as a lens through which to read these documents of communal (Jeremiah) and individual (Job) trauma suffering, this project shows evidence of a process of healing in the Hebrew Bible similar to "new" models of trauma therapy. The implications for the use of Scripture in healing individual and communal trauma are also examined.
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