Signs, Wonders, Miracles

Signs, Wonders, Miracles

Representations of Divine Power in the Life of the Church

Edited by Kate Cooper, Jeremy Gregory


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Ecclesiastical History Society



Exploration of one of the most important aspects of the Christian religion, looking at examples from 312 to the present day.
The signs, wonders, and miracles by which God was believed to communicate with his people on earth provide the focus for this wide-ranging volume. Beginning with a re-consideration of Constantine's vision in 312 and ending with a discussion of the place of miracles in the making of twentieth-century Spanish identity, these essays explore the manifestations of divine power in the conversion of the ancient world to Christianity, in medieval saints' lives and Byzantine hagiography, in the Crusades, and in the early modern and modern periods. A surprising feature of this collection is its demonstration that the miraculous continued in its importance to Christian communities from Reformation Europe forward into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Taken together these essays eschew any simple secularisation thesis and highlight the persistence of the role of divine power in how men and women interpreted the world around them. Contributors include W. H. C. Frend, Bernard Hamilton, Michael Goodich, Brenda Bolton, Jaime Lara, Alexandra Walsham, Hartmut Lehmann, and Grant Wacker.


August 2005
21 black and white illustrations
496 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Studies in Church History
ISBN: 9780954680916
Format: Hardback
Ecclesiastical History Society
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Table of Contents

In hoc signo vinces: the True Context of the Vision of Constantine - Richard M Price
The Place of Miracles in the Conversion of the Ancient World to Christianity - W H C Frend
Ventriloquism and the Miraculous: Conversion, Preaching, and the Martyr Exemplum in Late Antiquity -
The Diabolical Power of Lettuce or, Garden Miracles in Gregory the Great's Dialogues - Barbara Mueller
Constat ergo inter nos verba signa esse: the Understanding of the Miraculous in Anglo-Saxon Society - Anna Maria Luiselli
Miracles, Missionaries and Manuscripts in Eighth-Century Southern Germany - Clare Pilsworth
Mapping Miracles in Byzantine Hagiography: the Development of the Legend of St Alexios - Barbara Crostini
God Wills It: Signs of Divine Approval in the Crusade Movement - Bernard Hamilton
Stigmata on the First Crusade -
Monastic Miracles in Southern Italy, c.1040-1140 - Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
Miracles, Meaning and Narrative in the Latin East - Yvonne Friedman
Mirabilis Deus in sanctis suis: Social History and Medieval Miracles - Michael Goodich
Signs, Wonders, Miracles: Supporting the Faith in Medieval Rome - Brenda H. Bolton
Modernizing St Cuthbert: Reginald of Durham's Miracle Collection - Sally Crumplin
Multos ex medicinae arte curaverat, multos verbo et oratione:Curing in Medieval Portuguese Saints' Lives - Iona McCleery
Miraculous Crucifixes in Late Medieval Italy - Katherine Jansen
Bloody Miracles of a Political Martyr: the Case of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster - Danna Piroyansky
Miracles and Visions in Devotio Moderna Biographies - Mathilde Van Dijk
A Vulcanological Joachim of Fiore and an Aerodynamic Francis of Assisi in Colonial Latin America - Jaime Lara
Miracles in Post-Reformation England - Alexandra M Walsham
Through a Venice Glass Darkly: John Foxe's Most Famous Miracle - Thomas S. Freeman
Miracles within Catastrophes: Some Examples from Early Modern Germany - Harmut Lehmann
Late Seventeenth-Century Quakerism and the Miraculous: a New Look at George Fox's 'Book of Miracles' - Rosemary Moore
Reclaiming Ghosts in 1690s England - Sasha Handley
Acts of God, Acts of Men: Providence in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England and France - Francoise Deconinck-Brossard
Seeing Salvation: the Place of Dreams and Visions in John Wesley's Arminian Magazine - R Webster
The Magic Methodists and their Influence on the Early Primitive Methodist Movement - John Tomlinson
Trying the Spirits: Irvingite Signs and the Test of Doctrine - Timothy C. F. Stunt
'Signs and Wonders that Lie': Unlikely Polemical Outbursts Against the Early Pentecostal Movement in Britain - T B Walsh
Living with Signs and Wonders: Parents and Children in Early Pentecostal Culture - Grant Wacker
Angels in the Trenches: British Soldiers and Miracles in the First World War - Katherine Finlay
Miracles, Messiahs and the Media: the Ministry of A. H. Dallimore in Auckland in the 1930s - Laurie Guy
Miracles in the Making of Twentieth-Century Spanishness: Ramón Menéndez Pidal, Buñuel's Viridiana and Isidro el LabradorLabrador - Anthony John Lappin

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