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Merle Sinclair in "Explore the Bible" Exclusively Yours magazine
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What is a miracle? The ready answer is: something contrary to nature. More accurately, the event or effect appears contrary to what is known of nature.

The word itself is from the Latin miraculum, which derives from mirari, to wonder. The term ought to suggest that which is extraordinary enough to excite wonder, awe, and reverence and which, for the present, has no human explanation. However, miracle too often connotes the impossible or an infraction of nature's laws. Early English translators of the Bible used the word; but in later versions, the Hebrew and Greek terms connoting miracle are translated wonders, mighty works, and signs.

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