Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

by Craig S. Keener

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Overview

Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume's argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles. New Testament scholar Craig Keener argues that it is time to rethink Hume's argument in light of the contemporary evidence available to us. This wide-ranging and meticulously researched two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts. Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801039522
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 1248
Sales rank: 752,284
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, a four-volume commentary on Acts, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1: The Ancient Evidence
1. Opening Questions about Early Christian Miracle Claims
2. Ancient Miracle Claims outside Christianity
3. Comparison of Early Christian and Other Ancient Miracle Accounts
Part 2: Are Miracles Possible?
4. Antisupernaturalism as an Authenticity Criterion?
5. Hume and the Philosophic Questions
6. Developing Hume's Skepticism toward Miracles
Part 3: Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity
7. Majority World Perspectives
8. Examples from Asia
9. Examples from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
10. Supernaturalism in Earlier Christian History
11. Supernatural Claims in the Recent West
12. Blindness, Inability to Walk, Death, and Nature: Some Dramatic Reports
Part 4: Proposed Explanations
13. Nonsupernatural Causes
14. Biased Standards?
15. More Extranormal Cases
Conclusion
Concluding Unscientific Postscript
Appendixes
Indexes

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