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Signs, Wonders, and Gifts: Divination in the Letters of Paul

Jennifer Eyl


Signs, Wonders, and Gifts: Divination in the Letters of Paul examines the divinatory and wonderworking practices of the apostle Paul, and contextualizes such practices in the wider Mediterranean world of the first century. Paul’s consistent references to signs, wonders, visions, miracles, divine healings, speaking in tongues, and others, reflect ancient categories that Greek speakers called mantikē, goēteia, teratoskopia, and mageia. Such frequent references demonstrate that his teachings comprised divinatory practices as much as they consisted of messages regarding the resurrected Christ, eth ... More

Keywords: Paul, magic, divination, taxonomy, reciprocity, wonderworking, miracles, modes of religiosity, faithfulness, gifts, signs, wonders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190924652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190924652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Eyl, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, Tufts University