In this collection of essays, the product of a symposium held at the University of Regensburg in June 2011, scholars of the ancient Mediterranean explore the representation of miracles in ancient literature. The following key questions are addressed: How do ancient authors express their attitude toward the miracles they report? What value do they place in miraculous accounts? How do they qualify, cast doubt on, or deny the validity of a report? What are the relationships between the various literary genres and religious contexts within which miraculous stories are told? The contribution of this volume lies in the juxtaposition of various perspectives: Jewish, Christian and pagan authors are all brought into play; texts in which accounts of miracles are narrated are discussed alongside texts in which authors reflect on such accounts - either positively or negatively.
Contributors: Jan Bremmer, Peter Busch, Jan Dochhorn, Laura Feldt, Hans Klein, Candida Moss, Christopher Mount, Heinz-Günter Nesselrath, Tobias Nicklas, Clare Rothschild, Janet Spittler, Günter Stemberger, Trevor Thompson, Gilbert Van Belle, Joseph Verheyden, Meinolf Vielberg, Ruben Zimmermann