Christ the miracle worker in early christian art images of christ healing lee m jefferson shortly after the beginning of christian art christ as a healer became a primary theme early christian images predominantly appeared in sepulchral settings such as the catacombs the early images of christ the miracle worker wove together . 2 christ the miracle worker in early christian art after the fifthcentury nearly disappearing altogether 4 scholars have attempted to interpret these images of christ concluding that the motif of christ. In this cogent study of the iconography of christ as miracle worker in the early church lee jefferson gives renewed attention to the question of arts capacity to elucidate complex theological concepts. Moses jesus and peter are the only miracle workers who appear with staffs in early christian art dating from as early as the third century the image of christ performing healings and miracles appears quite frequently mostly in a funerary context. In christ the miracle worker in early christian art lee jefferson argues that images provided visual representations of vital religious and theological truths crucial to the faithful and projected concepts beyond the limitations of the written and spoken word
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