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Laying on of Hands

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Physical contact by touching of the hands. In the OT and NT it was sometimes used in reference to doing physical harm (Genesis 22:12; Luke 20:19). In the NT it is also used to signify an attempt at healing (Acts 9:12) and commissioning of Holy Work (1 Timothy 4:14). Usually, during the ordination of an elder, hands are laid on him as symbol of a transfer of authority and power.

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Entry for 'Laying on of Hands'. CARM Theological Dictionary. 2013.

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