Over the years, the miracles of Jesus in the gospels have been an issue of critical discussion among scholars. During the period of the early church and prior to the enlightenment period, the miracles of Jesus were considered to be historical events used apologetically by the early church to attract others to the Christian faith. The enlightenment influenced a paradigm shift concerning earlier propositions of easy affirmation of the miracles to raising critical questions concerning the authenticity of the miracles and the redactional policy of the authors of the miracle narratives. During the 20th century to date, there is a mix and paradoxical approach to the miracle narratives in the gospels where majority of scholars in the field seem to accept the miracles without neglecting the redactional/editorial inputs of the authors for theological motives.
Rudolf Bultmann raised serious questions against the authenticity of the miracle narratives of the gospels claiming that due to the fact that analogous versions of the miracles in the gospels can be found in Jewish and Greco-Roman literatures, they were imported into the gospels by the early Hellenistic church to present Jesus as a miracle-working religious person comparable to His Jewish and Greco-Roman peers who performed miracles. However, James Kallas argued that the miracles are central to the “kingdom of God”, and that there is inseparable relationship between the deeds (miracles) and the words (teachings) of Jesus. The wide spread of Pentecostalism has emphasized the acceptance of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels and as a support for the performance of miracles today as indicated by Craig S. Keener.
In the nutshell, the miracles in the gospels have raised issues concerning narrative composition, authenticity, the teachings that can be deduced from the miracles, miracles in the ancient world and in the 21st century, and methods and presuppositions for the interpretation of miracle narratives. Contributors in this monograph should consider the under listed thematic areas but not limited to it. Any theme relating to miracles will be considered.
- The concepts of miracles in the ancient world
- Christology in/of the miracles in the Gospels
- characterization(s) of Jesus in the miracles in the Gospels
- contextual and exegetical insights on key miracle texts in the Gospels
- miracles in its literary and historical contexts
- the teachings of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels
- the miracles of Jesus and contemporary claims of miracles today
- miracles, faith, and salvation in the Gospels
Submission of 150 words abstract April 30, 2021
Notice of acceptance of abstracts May 15, 2021
Submission of full (draft) chapter August 30, 2021
Reviewers’ comments to authors/contributors September 30, 2021
Submission of corrected/revised full chapter October 30, 2021
Publication date January 30, 2022
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