Miracles : 2 volumes: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Miracles : 2 volumes: 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: 9781441239990
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1248
File size: 3 MB

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.
Craig S. Keener (Ph.D., Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is author of 25 books, 5 of which have won awards in Christianity Today. More than a million copies of his books are in circulation; the most popular is The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, which provides cultural background on each passage of the New Testament. Craig is also the New Testament editor for the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, which won the International Book Award for Christianity and Bible of the year in the Christian Book Awards. Craig is editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research and in 2018 is vice-president of the Evangelical Theological Society. Craig's wife, Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, was a refugee in her home country of Congo; their story appears in Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles, and Hope against All Odds (Chosen, 2016). His blog site is www.craigkeener.com.

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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