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Miracle
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
An event that defies common expectations of behavior and subsequently is attributed to a superhuman agent; an occurrence that demonstrates God’s involvement in the course of human affairs.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Miracle
Miracle (δύναμις, dynamis). An event that defies common expectations of behavior and subsequently is attributed to a superhuman agent; an occurrence that demonstrates God’s involvement in the course of human affairs.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Miracle
MIRACLE. This entry consists of two articles, one covering signs and wonders in the OT, and the other treating signs and wonders recounted in the NT.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Miracle
Miracle. Event which may seem contrary to nature and which signifies an act in which God reveals himself to man. The classical definition of miracle assumes that it is contrary to natural law, but this is a misnomer for two reasons. First, many of the miracles of the Bible used nature rather than bypassed
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Miracle
MIRACLE A divine act by which God reveals himself to people. The classical definition of miracle assumes that it is contrary to natural law, but this is a misnomer for two reasons. First, many of the miracles of the Bible used nature rather than bypassed it (e.g., the wind that parted the Red Sea, Ex
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Miracles
miracles, extraordinary events that constitute inexplicable manifestations of God’s power. In the Bible miracles can occur through the direct intervention of God in human affairs, or they can be wrought through human intermediaries who function as divinely empowered miracle workers. Miracles are usually
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Miracles
MIRACLESNature of the MiraculousSince the term miracle is popularly applied to unusual events even by those who profess not to believe in the supernatural, it is not always easy to give the word its true biblical significance. Probably the simplest definition is, “an interference with nature by supernatural
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Miracles
MIRACLES. A number of Heb., Aram. and Gk. words are used in the Bible to refer to the activity in nature and history of the living God. They are variously translated in the evv by ‘miracles’, ‘wonders’, ‘signs’, ‘mighty acts’, ‘powers’. Thus, for example, the Heb. word môp̱ēṯ, which is of uncertain
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Miracles
MiraclesExtraordinary events that manifest divine power, that are wonders to human understanding, and therefore what human beings perceive as signs from God. The various Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek words used in the Bible to describe “miracles” actually denote “wonders,” “powers,” and “signs.” The manifestation
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Miracle
Miracle. †An event remarkable in that it goes contrary to the laws of nature, that is, to the usual course of events. The direct action of God or some other being whose existence lies outside the natural universe is assumed to be the cause of miracles, so that they are commonly taken as attestation
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Miracles and Miracle Stories
Miracles and miracle storiesIn biblical scholarship the English word miracle normally denotes a supernatural event, that is, an event which so transcends ordinary happenings that it is viewed as a direct result of supernatural power. In the Gospels such events are due to the exercise of God’s* power
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Miracle
MIRACLE (Latin, “marvel”). An extraordinary event or feat that can only be explained by the direct intervention of God. Normally a miracle involves the suspension of the otherwise inflexible laws of nature. The miracles of Jesus are signs of God’s power inaugurating the Kingdom through Jesus’s ministry
Key passages
Ex 3:20

And I will stretch out my hand, and I will strike Egypt with all of my wonders that I will do in its midst, and afterward he will release you.

1 Ki 18:37–39

Answer me, O Yahweh, answer me; that this people may know that you, O Yahweh, are God and that you have turned their hearts back again.” Then the fire of Yahweh fell, and it consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust; and the water which was in the trench it licked …

Mt 24:24

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear, and will produce great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Jn 14:10–14

Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from myself, but the Father residing in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if not, believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly …

Ac 3:1–7

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man was being carried who was lame from birth. He was placed every day at the gate of the temple called “Beautiful,” so that he could ask for charitable gifts …

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