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The Book of Miracles

The Book of Miracles

The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam

For the first time in a single volume, Kenneth Woodward presents both the familiar and more obscure miracle stories of the great saints, sages, and spiritual masters of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam -- and explains their meaning in the context of the sacred scriptures of each tradition. The Book of Miracles charts a journey from ancient to modern -- from the Prophet Muhammad's healing of the sick and the workings of Moses, Elijah, and Elisha to those of the Lubavitcher rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson and the female Hindu sat guru Ammachi. In bringing together stories of the Talmudic wonder-workers, the first Christian hermits, early Sufi mystics, Muslim ascetics and martyrs, and the most revered Hindu and Buddhist saints, Woodward illuminates both the striking similarities and significant differences in each tradition's understanding of the miraculous.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743200295 | 
  • July 2001
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Introduction: Making Room for Miracles

Shortly after he was elected the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson began a project that was to consume much of his leisure time in later life. Working after hours in the White House, Jefferson clipped and pasted from the New Testament those passages he deemed most likely to yield the "philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth." As best he could make out, Jesus was "a man, of illegitimate birth, of a benevolent heart, [and an] enthusiastic mind who set out without pretensions of divinity, ended in believing them, and was punished capitally for sedition by being gibbeted according to the... see more

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