1879 J. R. NEWTON. Modern Bethesda. The Gift of Miraculous Healing Restored!
1879 J. R. NEWTON. Modern Bethesda. The Gift of Miraculous Healing Restored!

1879 J. R. NEWTON. Modern Bethesda. The Gift of Miraculous Healing Restored!

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An exceptionally scarce work with no other original copies on the market at any price. The Introduction gives a history of healing in the church throughout the ages, with accounts of healings “in our own day.” The latter include incidents recorded by Edward Irving, Horace Bushnell, Charles Finney, and several accounts of divine healing among the Methodists.
Newton, A. E. The Modern Bethesda, or The Gift of Healing Restored. Being some account of the Life and Labors of Dr. J. R. Newton, Healer. With Observations on the Nature and Source of the Healing Power, and the Conditions of its Exercise, Notes of Valuable Auxiliary Remedies, Health Maxims, etc. Edited by A. E. Newton [the brother of Dr. Newton]. New York: Newton Publishing Company, 1879. 322pp.


Attractive Victorian cloth with some moderate wear; front hinge with nick as shown. Very sound. 

The most fascinating accounts recall the healing ministry of the subject of the book, James Rogers Newton (1810-1883). The accounts are rather extraordinary, with testimonies and affidavits recorded of the truth of his healings. Accounts from Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and cities in Connecticut, Western New York, Ohio, as well as from travels in Europe and elsewhere. Names and addresses of those healed are listed, as well as the diseases or injuries under which they had suffered. 

Includes accounts of his “healing at a distance,” without the patient present: “The power of curing disease at a distance, as frequently exerted by and through Dr. Newton, is not only very remarkable, but to many seems quite incredible. The mere claim that such a power could be exercised was, and still is, by many religious people, deemed little short of blasphemy, although the histories of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament give several examples of such power, and Jesus expressly said that those who believed on Him should do works which he did, and even greater.” - p. 139.