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In Roman-occupied 1st-century CE Palestine the stories of Jesus’ personally conducted visible miracles resemble those of contemporary eastern and Graeco-Roman cults that took their reality for granted (Kee, 1983). Ancient spirits and divinities being everywhere, there was no concept of an autonomous natural order. For an extraordinary event or miracle the principal terms, also in the New Testament, were: dunamis (“deed of power”), thauma (“wonder”), and semeion (“sign”; Grant, 1952, 154–156). The eschatological context …

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de Nie, Giselle, “Miracles”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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