A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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story of the nobleman's son in John (iv, 46-53) and that of the Syro-Phoenician woman (Mark vii, 24-30). In all three the petitioner was a Gentile and the healing is said to have been performed in the absence of the patient. There are only two cases of this kind in the Synoptics, and, curiously enough, while they differ considerably in the narrative portions they are in close agreement as regards the dialogue.
A similar story is related of R. Hanina ben Dosa (c. a.d. 70). Rabban Gamaliel's son was ill and the Rabban sent two scholars to Hanina to request his prayers. Seeing them approach, Hanina went up on to the roof of his house and prayed. When he came down he said to the messengers, ' Go, for the fever has left him \ They took careful note of the time and, on returning, found that the fever actually had left the patient at that moment (b. Berack, 34b : also cf. Matt, viii, 13, ' in that hour ', and John iv, 50-53).
While scientists are open-minded with regard to telepathy, the theory of telepathic cure has not yet found acceptance with psychotherapists. The religious ' distant cures ' have not yet been systematically investigated.
Having discussed the healing miracles in detail, we are now in a position to arrive at general conclusions about them. We have already seen how the Evangelists, coming as they did from different environments and each one writing with a special purpose, are not always in agreement. No first hand knowledge of Jesus is available as He Himself left no written documents for our guidance. What we do know is the impression He made upon men who are typical of every race and every age,