Although today he is best known as a magician and wonder-worker
, in all the versions of his story he is first represented as a man of vision - a seer who has insight into the future.
Samuel Rubenson, "Philosophy and Simplicity: The Problem of Classical Education in Early Christian Biography" (110-28), reads the Life of Antony alongside Jerome (Lives of Paul, Hilarion, and Malchus), Gregory of Nyssa (Lives of Gregory the Wonder-Worker
, Macrina, and Moses), and the anonymous Greek Life of Pachomius in order to consider the multiple configurations of classical paideia in the writing of saints' lives in the East.
The Pharisees were looking for a wonder-worker
or magician, someone who would spare them the effort of acknowledging their sinfulness and co-operating with God.
God is seen as present in a charismatic person, a wonder-worker
, a victorious warrior.
The image of the good and wise doctor as a daily wonder-worker
has been reinforced all the way from the age of Hippocrates to the TV age.
16) that to be a wonder-worker
in the language of philosophers was not to practise sorcery, but to take the subjugation of the body to excess.
They really belonged to the Middle Ages when a saint was looked upon as a wonder-worker
Poe was probably partly inspired by Irving's comic Wolfert Webber, in which a similar team of a somewhat mysterious wonder-worker
, a stolid man, and an old free African American search for treasure on Manhattan Island.
Chapters on Gregory the Wonder-worker
and Basil of Caesarea illustrate another, and better known, aspect of the rise of the Church: the achievement by the bishop of the position of principal patron and effective leader in cities, whose secular elite was withdrawing from civic duties, while the time-honoured ideology of political munificence was being replaced by that of Christian charity, distributed by the bishop.