Symbols of the Gospels: Christ as a Physician and a Thaumaturge
Original title: Symboles des Évangiles «Le Christ médecin et thaumaturge»
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By looking at the Christians sarcophagus of the first centuries or the paintings which adorned the tombs, one may wonder why the miracles by the Christ are so often depicted. Only the reading of authors who commented upon the Gospels during the first centuries can enlighten us about the meaning the Ancients gave them.
The author takes a look at the episodes that are most often depicted: the adoration of the Magi, the healings (blind men, paralytics, etc.), resurrections, the miracle of the bread loaves or the wine at Cana, around the central theme of Christ as a physician and a miracle-worker.
All these episodes had a symbolic meaning which, far from being only for educated people, was a part of the Christian formation of simple believers. That explains why they wanted to have them depicted on their last home. This study allows modern readers an original, authentic and living approach to understanding early Christianity.