Jesus the Miracle Worker
Borg, Marcus J., Interpretation
Jesus the Miracle Worker by Graham H. Twelftree
InterVarsity, Downers Grove, 1999. 470 pp. $24.99. ISBN 0-8308-1596-1.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS CLEARLY WRITTEN study of the miracles of Jesus is both historical and theological. What can be said about what actually happened? And what theological meanings did the miracles have for the gospel writers, and for us?
Part one examines and rejects the modern notion that miracles are impossible. Part two (the longest) explores how each gospel writer understood Jesus' miracles. Parts three, four, and five treat the historical Jesus as miracle worker: how he understood his miracles, the historicity of the miracle stories, and implications for the quest of the historical Jesus. Arguing that contemporary studies of Jesus are "wildly out of balance" because of inadequate attention to the miracles, Twelftree claims that his conclusions call for "nothing less than a revolution" in our understanding of Jesus.
This is a scholarly book (74 pages of footnotes, and 20 pages of bibliography). It is also a work of conservative Christian apologetics. …