The Miracles of Jesus Review
I could spend a lifetime studying the life of Jesus Christ and still have so much more to learn. For the past few weeks I have been reading and pondering on The Miracles of Jesus, inspired by a new book of the same name by Eric D. Huntsman, associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.
This is different than any other book or articles I have read about Christ, especially since it focuses specifically on the miracles He performed during His mortal ministry. As a child, I loved reading and hearing those stories. Certainly they always filled me with awe and amazement, and now studying them, even more so. But it isn’t as if Dr. Huntsman presents these as a series of supernatural events. In studying them, they just seem more real.
The Miracles of Jesus groups these miracles into five categories, dividing them by the type of action performed. Dr. Huntsman reviews these miracles by blending doctrinal insight (I love having doctrine made plain and explained well) with historical context and then shows us how we can apply these principles to our own lives. Jesus’ miracles and ministry weren’t just for the people of his time, but have powerful messages and lessons for us today and this book helps us to understand that so much more clearly. I love the “sidebar” boxes that help to give additional historical context and explain things in terms of the culture and knowledge of the time, as well as other sidebars that relate these miracles specifically to modern revelation that helps bring them to the present day.
The chapter on “Healing the Sick” provides us with insights in dealing with the frailties of our own bodies, or of those we love. The chapter on “Raising the Dead” (which he apparently did more often that I recall, but I admit, sometimes my stories sort of run together) gives helps in dealing with the death of loved ones and giving hope for our eventual reunification.
This is a book to be enjoyed by any scholar of the Bible, as well as anyone who wants to know more about the life of Christ and how His life fits so well with ours. In addition to being a fount of wonderful insights, the book itself is beautiful, illustrated with many reproductions of classic religious art spanning the centuries.
Confession time: Whenever I read scholarly works about the Bible, or the life of Christ, or ancient prophets, it always makes me wish that I, too, had studied Latin and Greek and maybe even Hebrew so I could go back and read the texts in their original language. But, life is what it is, and so I am thankful for scholars like Eric Huntsman who have done that and can provide me with the insights I would otherwise miss.
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