Christ Performing Miracles.
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Title:Christ Performing Miracles
Notes:"images appeared on the sarcophagi,...standard portrayals of Jesus as healer and wonder-worker remained consistent. Alternating with images from the Hebrew scriptures are representations of Jesus healing (the paralytic, the man born blind, the woman with the issue of blood, etc.) and working wonders (e.g., changing water to wine at Cana, multiplying the loaves and fishes, and raising Lazarus). However, many new iconographic themes appeared on these expensive funerary monuments in the mid-fourth century. Among these new themes is Christ handing a scroll (the "new law", the traditio legis) to his apostles...The gesture of passing a scroll is based upon the traditional gesture of the transfer of imperial authority or power from the Roman political scene. Christ here is delegating his authority to his apostles -- his earthly magistrates -- from his position in heaven." (Esler, 56)
Date:3rd-4th centuries
Building:Vatican City. Direzione generale dei musei

Scripture:Matthew 9:2-8
Luke 5:17-26
Mark 2:1-12
Isaiah 42:1-9
General Subject:Healing
ICONCLASS Number:73C422

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Attribution:Christ Performing Miracles, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved January 22, 2021]. Original source: Collection of J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen.
Record Number:51996 Last Updated: 2021-01-21 13:14:20 Record Created: 2007-07-18 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Early Christian world, Volume 2
Author:Esler, Philip Francis