PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Volume 25, No. 2, Fall 2003 Howard M. Ervin, Healing: Sign of the Kingdom (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2002). xi + 116 pp., $12.95, paper. Reviewed by Kimberly Ervin Alexander The Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements’ belief in bodily healing has been noted by insiders and outsiders as one of its most, if not the most, distinguishing characteristics. In fact, belief in the continuing reality of healing by God may be the feature that most closely connects the move- ments to historic Christianity. Howard Ervin, longtime Professor of Old Testament at Oral Roberts Graduate School of Theology, offers a study, dedicated to students in his Pneumatology classes, that will be welcomed by pastors, teachers, and students who seek to understand the role of heal- ing in the New Testament church. The work begins with a description of how healing functioned in the ministry of Jesus, which Ervin characterizes with a “threefold rubric: preaching, teaching and healing” (p. 1). Ervin sees the ministry of Jesus up to the institution of the Lord’s Supper as completing the Old Covenant. However, for Ervin, healing seems to function as a sign of the
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Published: Jan 1, 2003
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