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Chapter Two: The Character of the Sēmeia Traditions

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In this chapter, the author explains the message of semeia miracle stories. He compares them with the Synoptic miracles. He also interprets the deeper Christological motives of this layer of tradition. The author notices that certain similarities in form between the miracle stories of the New Testament and those of the Jewish and especially the Hellenistic environment contains the most marvellous miracles of the New Testament. The author studies each pericope as a unit before the final evaluation. The miracles, according to the author, are not semeia in the sense that they are signs which point to the meaning behind them. The miracle itself is significant, demonstrating the power of Jesus and causing many to believe. After taking into consideration the differences between S and the Synoptics, the author finds it difficult to argue that S is more primitive or even as primitive as the Synoptic miracle stories.

Keywords: Christological motives; New Testament; semeia miracle stories; Synoptic miracles



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