The Apostle Paul and Justin Martyr on the Miraculous: A Comparison of Appeals to Authority
2001 (English)In: Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, ISSN 0017-3916, Vol. 42, 163-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyzes comparatively the presuppositions underlying Paul’s and Justin Martyr’s references to the miraculous. These two authors hold certain common assumptions about miracles, especially with regard to appeals to authority. Yet Paul and Justin have strikingly contrasting goals in their appeals to the miraculous. Whereas Paul is usually concerned with defending his own authority by virtue of his miracles, Justin refers to healings performed by others and maintains that these wonders demonstrate the validity of certain parts of his larger apologetic enterprise. In Paul’s arguments, moreover, a logical inconsistency is noted in that Paul must grant that other Christians, including his opponents, could perform miracles. The article highlights a significant shift in the discussion of miracles as illustrated by representative figures of the first (Paul) and second (Justin) centuries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 42, 163-184 p.
Apostle Paul, Justin Martyr, miracles, authority
Research subject New Testament Exegesis
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