The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 10, 2001 - Philosophy - 432 pages
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For the first time in a single volume, Kenneth Woodward presents both the familiar and more obscure miracle stories of the great saints, sages, and spiritual masters of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam -- and explains their meaning in the context of the sacred scriptures of each tradition. The Book of Miracles charts a journey from ancient to modern -- from the Prophet Muhammad's healing of the sick and the workings of Moses, Elijah, and Elisha to those of the Lubavitcher rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson and the female Hindu sat guru Ammachi. In bringing together stories of the Talmudic wonder-workers, the first Christian hermits, early Sufi mystics, Muslim ascetics and martyrs, and the most revered Hindu and Buddhist saints, Woodward illuminates both the striking similarities and significant differences in each tradition's understanding of the miraculous.
 

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Contents

Making Room for Miracles
17
Introduction to Judaism Christianity and Islam
31
Miracles in the Hebrew Bible
39
Miracles of the Jewish Sages Saints
72
The Miracles of Jesus
98
Miracles of the Christian Saints
137
The Miracles of the Prophet Muhammad
173
Miracles of the Sufi Saints
206
The Miracles of Lord Krishna
249
Miracles of the Hindu Saints
267
The Miracles of the Buddha
296
Miracles of the Buddhist Saints
329
Modern Miracles and Their Stories
365
Miracles and Meaning
383
Bibliography
409
Index
421

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Kenneth L. Woodward has been Religion Editor at Newsweek for thirty-six years. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Commonweal, The Nation, and America, among other publications. He is also the winner of a National Magazine Award and the author of Making Saints.

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