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.
They really belonged to the Middle Ages when a saint was looked upon as a wonder-worker
I suggest we put our faith in the Holy Spirit, wonder-worker
extraordinaire, who I'm sure can crack even this tough nut.
His tomb was associated with miracles, earning him the name wonder-worker