The Supernatural in the New Testament

Overview

When people read the New Testament they are sometimes puzzled by the supernatural stories: miracles of healing, storms that are stilled, poisonous snakes with no effect and a wily Satan who engages in direct temptation. Some have no difficulty with such stories. This is the world of the Bible and the reader must expect such like. Those who cannot believe that have either abandoned the Bible and its world altogether or else they have devised ways of explaining (or explaining away!) events that puzzle them. Bruce ...

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Overview

When people read the New Testament they are sometimes puzzled by the supernatural stories: miracles of healing, storms that are stilled, poisonous snakes with no effect and a wily Satan who engages in direct temptation. Some have no difficulty with such stories. This is the world of the Bible and the reader must expect such like. Those who cannot believe that have either abandoned the Bible and its world altogether or else they have devised ways of explaining (or explaining away!) events that puzzle them. Bruce Kaye seeks to avoid both extremes. Instead of asking what happened and how it happened he chooses instead to ask what it meant. Why did the early church relate and record these tales' And what did they mean' What did they say about God' So the reader begins to see that beyond the stories themselves there is truth about God and his world for every generation. Teachers will find useful lesson materials here, discussion group leaders will find something to start folk talking, and preachers will find a new approach to familiar passages. A companion volume, The Supernatural in the Old Testament by John Rogerson, is also published by the Lutterworth Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718822347
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/3/2000
  • Series: Interpreting the Bible Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaye is Senior Tutor at St. John's College, Durham.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
1. Preliminary Questions 1
2. Categories of Material 5
3. The Meaning of the Supernatural for the Gospel Writers 7
4. The Meaning of the Supernatural Today 11
II Select Passages 16
1. The Birth of Jesus 16
2. The Temptation of Jesus 19
3. The Demoniac in the Synagogue 21
4. A Widow's Son at Nain 25
5. The Blind Man at Bethsaida 28
6. Peter's Penny 31
7. Jesus Foretells his Passion 33
8. The Fig Tree Cursed and Withered 36
9. The Resurrection of Jesus 39
10. Water Turned into Wine at Cana 44
11. The Woman of Samaria 48
12. Jesus Walks on the Sea 51
13. Lazarus Raised from the Dead 54
14. A Voice Assures Jesus 58
15. The Pentecost Phenomenon 60
16. Healing a Lame Man at the Gate Beautiful 63
17. An Angel Releases Peter from Herod's Jail 66
18. Paul's Unusual Miracles in Ephesus 68
19. Paul Fails to Die after a Snake Bite 70
III Activity Suggestions 73
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