The Poor, the Crippled, the Blind, and the Lame: Physical and Sensory Disability in the Gospels of the New Testament

  title={The Poor, the Crippled, the Blind, and the Lame: Physical and Sensory Disability in the Gospels of the New Testament},
  author={Louise A. Gosbell},
ion” is evidenced by the terminology used to describe disability in our extant sources: “‘maimed’ (πηρός/mancus), ‘mutilated’ (κολοβός/curtus), ‘ugliness’ (αἶσχος/deformitas), ‘weakness’ (ἀσθένεια/ infirmitas), and ‘lameness in the leg’ (χωλός/tardipes).”43 To illustrate the possible semantic range, note Aristotle’s use of the word πηρός (deformed). On one occasion, Aristotle uses the term πηρός to describe neonates with supernumerary members as being “deformed” (ἀνάπηρος)44 while on another… 
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