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I was just reading in John 5:1-17 about Jesus healing the man at the pool in Jerusalem, and noticed that this happened on the Sabbath. That reminded me of Him healing the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. So now I am wondering: were all of Jesus' healings performed on the Sabbath?

If the answer is no, please provide proof. I am especially interested in evidence from Scripture that marks a healing miracle as being performed by Jesus on a day other than the Sabbath.

Here are some instances where Jesus healed on the Sabbath: Matt. 12:9-14 // Mark 3:1-6 // Luke 6:6-11; Luke 13:10-17, 14:1-6; John 5:1-18, 9:1-34

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I just wish, for one doggone time, to read "Pharisees were pretty cool with this". Nope. –  Phonics The Hedgehog Apr 10 '13 at 22:46

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I don't think there's any reason to suppose he restricted healings or other miracles to the sabbath. It seems he was much more free with his healings (cf. Mat. 9:35ff) and with his commands about healing (cf. Mat. 10:7f).

But one instance is enough to disprove the hypothesis: Jesus healed the ear of the servant in Luke 22:49f. Then according to 22:66, he was tried the next day (or later that day, depending on how days are reckoned) and then executed, and Luke identifies the following day after that as the Sabbath (23:54). Hence he healed on a day other than the Sabbath. QED

The bit about the Protestant Bible is basically irrelevant. The Catholics and Orthodox have no other gospels from which they might draw. Perhaps you were just trying to exclude non-canonical gospels like Thomas, but that is almost entirely a collection of sayings (likely cribbed from the canonicals) without a narrative or description of much in the way of deeds. Virtually no one besides Dan Brown considers any of the other non-canonical gospels, which are all much later than the canonicals, as having any historical merit.

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Thanks. You can edit out the last paragraph now if you want -- I updated the question. –  Jas 3.1 Apr 11 '13 at 3:13
The Jesus Seminar argues for the Gospel of Thomas specifically, but none of the others. However, I don't think they have much credibility, except on NBC. –  fredsbend Apr 11 '13 at 19:13

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