Description   In this class we will focus on the question of
reality in New Testament miracle stories. We will
pursue this question in the light of ancient
narratives, pilgrimages, medical texts, and
visual images, the latter especially from the
Since David Hume if not earlier, the
interpretation of miracle stories has been
dominated in the West by the binary distinction
of fact vs. fiction. Even the latest research
accepts this modern opposition as self-evident.
The resulting ontology continues to underly the
form-critical study of NT miracle stories,
leading to interpretive nuances that presuppose
the distinction of fact vs. fiction but have no
basis in either the texts in question or their
concepts of reality. The class will examine
critically this extraneous mixing of modern
concepts of reality with interpretations of
miracles. To this end, the class will address how
ancient concepts of reality, always complex, came
to expression in stories of miraculous healings/
gifts/ changes of nature and their reception in
ancient medicine, art, literature, theology and
Audience: MDiv, MA/MTS. [Introductory Greek]
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* Note: The description above does not necessarily apply to any courses other than the one in the latest term.
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