The Cambridge Companion to Miracles

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Overview

The miracle stories of the founders and saints of the major world religions have much in common. Written by international experts, this Companion provides an authoritative and comparative study of miracles in not only Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism, but also, indigenous religions. The authors promote a discussion of the problems of miracles in our largely secular culture, and of the value of miracles in religious belief. The miracles of Jesus are also contextualized through chapters on the Hebrew Bible, classical culture to the Romans, Second Temple and early rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. This book provides students with a scholarly introduction to miracles, which also covers philosophical, medical and historical issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521899864
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham H. Twelftree is Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Regent University, Virginia Beach. His previous publications include Jesus the Exorcist: A Contribution to the Study of the Historical Jesus (1993), Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study (1999), In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism Among Early Christians (2007) and People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke's View of the Church (2009). He is also on the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; List of abbreviations; Introduction: miracle in an age of diversity Graham Twelftree; Part I. Fundamental Issues: 1. What is a miracle? David Basinger; 2. Meanings of miracles Robert Larmer; Part II. Miracles in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: 3. The Hebrew Bible R. Walter L. Moberly; 4. Classical culture to the Romans Robert Garland; 5. Second Temple and early Rabbinic Judaism Lidija Novakovic; 6. Jesus Barry L. Blackburn; 7. Miracle in early Christianity James Carleton Paget; 8. The Middle Ages Benedicta Ward; Part III. Miracles and Major Religions: 9. Traditional religions Fiona Bowie; 10. Hinduism Gavin Flood; 11. Islam David Thomas; 12. Buddhism Rupert Gethin; 13. Christianity Ralph Del Colle; 14. Judaism Kenneth Seeskin; Part IV. Miracle Today: 15. A history of the debates on miracle Colin Brown; 16. Philosophers on miracle Michael P. Levine; 17. Patient belief in miraculous healing - positive or negative coping resource Niels Christian Hvidt.

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