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The Bible and Mental Health

Towards a Biblical Theology of Mental Health

by Isabelle Hamley, Chris Cook

Bringing a theological foundation to discussions of mental health, this book is essential for pastors and ministers caring for the minds and souls of church members.

  • For pastors and ministers

  • This timely book offers a theology of mental health

  • You'll find ways to care for the minds and souls of your congregation

  • Authors

    Isabelle Hamley +1

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    SCM Press

  • Published

    August 2020

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Is it possible to develop such a thing as a biblical theology of mental health? How might we develop a helpful and pastoral use of scripture to explore questions of mental health within a Christian framework?

This timely and important book integrates the highest levels of biblical scholarship with theological and pastoral concerns to consider how we use scripture when dealing with mental health issues.

Chapters include:

Paula Gooder on Healing and wholeness

Joanna Collicutt on the madness of Jesus

John Swinton on the Bible in pastoral care

Walter Brueggemann on Psalms and lament

With a foreword from Archbishop Justin Welby

Author Biographies vii

Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1: Biblical Theology 1

1. Narrative, Meaning Making and Mental Health 3

Jocelyn Bryan

2. Wholeness and Illness: A View from the Old Testament 20

Gordon McConville

3. Jesus and Madness 34

Joanna Collicutt

4. Paul and Mental Health 54

Stephen C. Barton

5. Paul, the Mind and the Mind of Christ 74

Paula Gooder

Part 2: Biblical Case Studies 83

6. Patient Job, Angry Job: Speaking Faith in the Midst of Trauma 85

Isabelle Hamley

7. Anxiety: Some Perspectives from the Old Testament 96

David G. Firth

8. Truth-telling as Well-making 105

Walter Brueggemann

9. Spirituality from the Depths: Responding to Crushing Circumstances and Psychological and Spiritual Distress in Jeremiah 115

Jill Firth

10. What Did Jesus Have to Say About Mental Health? The Sermon on the Mount 128

Christopher C. H. Cook

11. The Gerasene Demoniac 141

Christopher C. H. Cook

Part 3: Practical Focus 157

12. The Bible in Pastoral Care of Christians Living with Mental Health Challenges 159

John Swinton

13. The Formation of Christian Community: Reading Scripture in the Light of Mental Health 173

Nick Ladd

14. Bible and Trauma 192

Megan Warner

15. Christian Scripture as a Pastoral Resource for Promoting Resilience 206

Nathan White

Conclusion: Towards a Biblical Theology of Mental Health 217

Select Bibliography 229

Index of Biblical References 233

Index of Names and Subjects 239


  • Authors

    Isabelle Hamley +1

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    SCM Press

  • Published

    August 2020

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    156 x 234 x 16 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


More Information

  • ISBN: 9780334059776

  • Publisher: SCM Press

  • Release Date: August 2020

  • Weight: 418g

  • Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 16 mm

  • Eden Code: 5279873

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