B.F. Westcott’s “Introduction to the gospels”, from 1881, includes a possible classification of the gospel miracles (pp480-483).
The schema may be of interest for Bible studies and reflection, so I have transcribed it below, with minor adjustments in the format.
(Chapter numbers are changed from Roman numerals to Arabic. I have not tried to wrestle Word into his elaborate system of indentations, finding other
ways to express the different levels.)
“The arrangement proposed is not offered as absolute or final. Deeper study may lay open more subtle and profound points of union between the
Miracles on nature
1 Miracles of creative power
Water made wine
John ch2 vv1-12; Character changed. Christ the Source of Joy
The Bread multiplied
(a) Matthew ch14 vv15-21; Mark ch6 vv35-44; Luke ch9 vv12-17; John ch6 vv5-14;
(b) Matthew ch15 vv32-39; Mark ch8 vv1-10; Substance increased. Christ the Source of Subsistence
The walking on the water
Matthew ch14 vv22-26; Mark ch6 vv48-49; John ch6 vv16-21; Force controlled. Christ the Source of strength.
2 Miracles of Providence
[2a Miracles of blessing]
The first miraculous draught of fishes
Luke ch5 vv1-11; The foundation of the outward church
The storm stilled
Matthew ch8 vv23-27; Mark ch14 vv35-41; Luke ch8 vv22-25; The defence of the church from without.
The stater in the fish’s mouth
Matthew ch17 vv24-27; The support of the church from within.
The second miraculous draught of fishes
John ch21 vv1-23; The church of the future.
[2b Miracle of judgement]
The fig-tree cursed
Matthew ch21 vv19ff; Mark ch11 vv20ff; [The consequence of not being forgiven]
Miracles on man
1 Miracles of personal faith
[1a Organic defects]
The two blind men in the house
Matthew ch9 vv29-31; Faith special.
Matthew ch20 vv29-34; Mark ch10 vv46-52; Luke ch18 vv35-43; Faith absolute.
[1b Chronic impurity]
The one leper
Matthew ch8 vv1-4; Mark ch10 vv46-52; Luke ch5 vv12-16; Open impurity. Faith special.
The ten lepers
Luke ch17 vv11-16; Open impurity. Faith special and absolute contrasted.
The woman with the issue
Matthew ch9 vv20-22; Mark ch5 vv25-34; Luke ch8 vv43-48; Secret impurity.
2 Miracles of intercession
[2a Organic defects- Simple intercession]
Mark ch8 vv22-26;
The deaf and dumb
Mark ch7 vv31-37;
[2b Mortal sicknesses- Intercession based on natural ties]
The nobleman’s son healed
John ch4 vv46-54; Fever
The centurion’s son healed
Matthew ch8 vv5-13; Luke ch7 vv1-10; Paralysis
The man borne of four healed
Matthew ch9 vv1-8; Mark ch2 vv1-12; Luke ch5 vv17-26; Paralysis
[2c Miracles of love]
The blind man healed
The fever healed
Matthew ch8 vv14-15; Mark ch1 vv29-34; Luke ch4 vv38-41;
The dropsy healed
Luke ch14 vv1-6;
The withered hand restored
Matthew ch12 vv9-13; Mark ch3 vv1-5; Luke ch6 vv6-11;
The impotent man restored
John ch5 vv1-17;
The woman with a spirit of infirmity set free
Luke ch13 vv10-17;
A girl raised
Matthew ch9 vv18ff; Mark ch5 vv22ff; Luke ch8 vv41ff; The Death-chamber
A young man raised
Luke ch7 vv11-18; The Bier
A tried friend raised
John ch11; The Tomb
Miracles on the spirit-world
1 Miracles of intercession
[1a Simple intercession]
A dumb man possessed by a devil
Matthew ch9 vv31-34;
A blind and dumb man
Matthew ch12 vv22ff; cf. Luke ch11 vv14ff;
[1b Intercession based on natural ties]
The Syrophoenician’s daughter healed
Matthew ch15 vv21-28; Mark ch7 vv24-30;
The lunatic boy healed
Matthew ch17 vv14ff; Mark ch19 vv14ff; Luke ch9 vv37ff;
2 Miracles of antagonism
The unclean spirit cast out
Mark ch1 vv21-28; Luke ch4 vv31-37; In the synagogue.
The legion cast out
Matthew ch8 vv28-34; Mark ch5 vv1-17; Luke ch8 vv26-37;
“It will be seen that in the fundamental and crowning miracle of the gospel- the Resurrection- all these forms of miraculous working are included.
The course of nature was controlled, for there was a great earthquake; the laws of material existence were overruled, for when the doors were shut
Jesus came into the midst of his disciples, and when their eyes were opened he vanished out of their sight. The reign of death was overthrown, for
many of the saints came out of their graves and went into the holy city. The powers of the spiritual world were called forth, for angels watched at
the sepulchre and ministered to believers. Thus full and harmonious is the whole strain of scripture;
‘All things are double one against another, and God hath made nothing imperfect’ [Wisdom ch42 v25]”
edit on 11-3-2018 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)