Matthew 10:8

New Testament

5 Jesus sent out these 12, instructing them as follows: “Do not go on a road that leads to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. 6 Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts; 10 no bag for the journey; or an extra tunic, or sandals or staff; for the worker deserves his provisions.

Leviticus Rabbah 10:4


Another interpretation: TAKE AARON AND HIS SONS WITH HIM. This illustrates what Scripture says, will you forbear from delivering them that are being taken unto death, and them that are ready to be slain (Prov. XXIV, 11). Antoninus went to Rabbi and found him sitting with his disciples before him. Said Antoninus to Rabbi: ‘Are these they of whom you boast?’ He answered: “Yes, the least of them can revive the dying.’ After some time a servant of Antoninus was on the point of dying, and the latter sent to Rabbi, saying: ‘Send me one of your disciples that he may revive this dying man.’ He sent him one of his disciples—some say it was R. Simeon b. Halafta—who went and found the man lying down. He said to him: ‘How is it that you are lying down whilst your master is standing on his feet?’ Immediately the man shook violently and rose.

 Notes and References

"... Only a few individuals who probably stood outside of the rabbinic movement but were later ‘rabbinized’, such as Chanina b. Dosa, are associated with healings. According to a possibly tannaitic tradition transmitted in Yerushalmi Berakot 5:5, 9d, R. Gamliel sent for ‘Rabbi’ Chanina b. Dosa to heal his son. The way in which the healing was accomplished is not specified. The story merely relates that when Chanina came down from the upper room, he said that the son had recovered. The miraculous element was probably intentionally left out by the rabbinic tradents and/or editors of the narrative. It is also missing in a story about a disciple of the patriarch R. Yehudah ha-Nasi, who allegedly healed a slave of a Roman emperor by the name Antoninus: ‘He said to him: Why is it that you are lying down while your master [Antoninus] is standing on his feet? Immediately the man shook violently and rose’ (Leviticus Rabbah 10:4). In line with the focus of rabbis on words, miraculous actions are replaced by a speech act here. Similarly, rabbinic predictions that someone would die as a punishment of his actions are generally presented as efficacious ..."

Hezser, Catherine "Representations of the Physician in Jewish Literature from Hellenistic and Roman Times" in Harris, William V. (ed.) Popular Medicine in Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Explorations (pp. 173-197) Brill, 2016

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