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date: 27 May 2024

Blind Man, Healing of the. 

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Annemarie Weyl CarrAnnemarie Weyl Carr

The Gospels record several blind men healed by Christ: two who followed Jesus in Jericho (Mt 9:27–34); two who sat by the way in Jericho (Mk 10:46–52, Lk 18:35–43); one healed at Bethesda (Mk 8:23–26); and the man born blind, healed at Siloam (Jn 9:1–12). Gaining sight was an apt metaphor for gaining faith, and Early Christian art abounds in generic vignettes of Christ healing a blind person. Byz. art uses fewer such images, though no miracle cycle lacks some scene of blindness cured. Most frequently distinguished from the others is the healing at Siloam, usually depicted in at least two phases: Jesus placing mud on the man's eyes, and the man washing them. This is the most fully narrated of all healings: the Paris ... ...

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