By Benedicta Ward
The medieval knowing of touch with the powers of heaven is among the so much conspicuous and but strangest beneficial properties of the interval.
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10 Later still, Simon of Tournai asked similar questions about the feeding of the five thousand and the raising of Lazarus. He asks what kind of event it was: 'whether his raising was a natural or a miraculous event';11 and he concludes that it was both: 'it was accomplished miraculously but once done it was natural'. The restoration of a dead person to life he regarded as a direct intervention of God and therefore a miracle contra naturam. But when he considered how Lazarus behaved afterwards, he had to say he lived 'naturally' rather than 'miraculously': he could eat, sleep, marry, behave as any man would.
Within this period, however, a more typical approach is that of Rupert of Deutz in his commentary on St John. 2009 23:18:42 next page > page_22 < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 For it is not to be wondered at that God could make wine out of water. . how greatly we rejoice that he who alone could do this was made man, walked among men for thirty years, entering into the prison of the flesh. So this new miracle proves that which only the faithful believe, that omnipotent God was made man.
The earliest record of a statue for relics is that of the Virgin, which was made of wood and covered with gold for Clermont Cathedral by Bishop Stephan in c. 946; later, as abbot of Conques he enshrined the relics of St Faith in a statue in the form of a seated woman, which could be carried about. It was plated with gold and covered with jewels and given a casket to hold. 20 These seated majesties, images in three dimensions, aroused adverse comment, such as the indignant remark of a companion of Bernard after seeing the statue: What do you think, brother, of this idol?
Miracles and the Medieval Mind: Theory, Record and Event, 1000-1215 (Middle Ages Series) by Benedicta Ward