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MIR A C L E S OF O U R L O R. D.

By

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, M.A.,

PaoFEsson of DIVINITY, KING's college, LoNDON; AUTHOR or “Notes
oN THE PARABLEs of oua LoRD,” Etc., ETC.

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C O N T E N T S.

PRELIMINARY ESSAY.

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I. On the Names of the Miracles................ - - - - - - - - - 4 - - . . . . . . . . . . 9

II. The Miracles and Nature .......................................... 16

III. The Authority of the Miracle ...................................... 25

IV. The Evangelical, compared with other Cycles of Miracles............... 34

W. The Assaults on the Miracles...... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 53

WI. The Apologetic Worth of the Miracles ............... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 75

MIRACLES.

1. The Water made Wine .......... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 83

* 2. The Healing of the Nobleman's Son ......... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 97

3. The First Miraculous Draught of Fishes............... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 106

4. The Stilling of the Tempest........................................ 119

5. The Demoniacs in the Country of the Gadarenes ...................... 125

• 6. The Raising of Jairus's Daughter.................. .................. 147

7. The Woman with an Issue of Blood ................................. 154

8. The Opening the Eyes of Two Blind in the House ........ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 160

9. The Healing of the Paralytic........................ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 163

10. The Cleansing of the Leper ........................................ 173

11. The Healing of the Centurion's Servant........... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 183

• 12. The Demoniac in the Synagogue of Capernaum ............. - - - - - - - - - - 189

18. The Healing of Simon's Wife's Mother.......................... ..... 192

15. The Healing of the Impotent Man at Bethesda............... - - - - - - - - - 199

16. The Miraculous Feeding of Five Thousand........................ . . . . 213

17. The Walking on the Sea........... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 223

18. The Opening the Eyes of one Born Blind ............. -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 233

19. The Restoring of the Man with a Withered Hand.......... - - - - - - - - - - - - 250

20. The Woman with a Spirit of Infirmity........... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 259

21. The Healing of the Man with a Dropsy.............................. 263

22. The Cleansing of the Ten Lepers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266

23. The Healing of the Daughter of the Syrophenician Woman............. 272

24. The Healing of one Deaf and Dumb ....... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 280

25. The Miraculous Feeding of Four Thousand....... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 285

26. The Opening the Eyes of one Blind at Bethsaida....................... 288

27. The Healing of the Lunatic Child........ - - - - - - - - - - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291

28. The Stater in the Fish's Mouth...................................... 299

29. The Raising of Lazarus....... e - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 312

80. The Opening the Eyes of Two Blind Men near Jericho ................. 341

31. The Withering of the Fruitless Fig-Tree ............ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 347

32. The Healing of Malchus's Ear....................... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 356

33 The Second Miraculous Draught of Fishes ..... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . ... 861

PRELIMINARY ESSAY.

CHAPTER I.

ON THE NAMES OF THE MIRACLES.

Every discussion about a thing will best proceed from an investigation of the name or names which it bears; for the name ever seizes and presents the most distinctive features of the thing, embodying them for us in a word. In the name we have the true declaration of the innermost nature of the thing; we have a witness to that which the universal sense of men, finding its utterance in language, has ever felt thus to lie at its heart; and if we would learn to know the thing, we must start with seeking accurately to know the name which it bears. In the discussion upon which now we are entering, the names are manifold; for it is a consequence of this, that, where we have to do with any thing which in many ways is significant, that will have inevitably many names, since no one will exhaust its meaning. Each of these will embody a portion of its essential qualities, will present it upon a single side; and not from the exclusive contemplation of any one, but only of these altogether, will any adequate apprehension of that which we desire to know be obtained. Thus what we commonly call miracles, are in the Sacred Scriptures termed sometimes “wonders,” sometimes “signs,” sometimes “powers,” sometimes, simply, “works.” These titles they have in addition to some others of rarer occurrence, and • which easily range themselves under one or other of these;—on each of which I would fain say a few words, before attempting to make any

further advance in the subject.

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