Chapter

Fellow Workers with God

JOHN BINNS

in Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ

Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9780198269342
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269342.003.0010

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Fellow Workers with God

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This chapter examines the role of miracle stories in the religious history of Palestinian monasticism during the Byzantine period. Miracle stories show in graphic and pictorial language the nature of the relationship between the holy man and God, and his role in bringing the power of God into society. They usually describe the monk's relationship with the environment and his dependence on the power of God for survival. The nature of miracles in Palestine is often described as act of power, a sign, or an omen, and they are divided into several categories that include nature, clairvoyance, and healing.

Keywords: miracle stories; monasticism; Palestine; Byzantine period; holy man; monks

Chapter.  11882 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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