Miracle of Bathesda Sarcophagus

Artist: Unknown
Date: 375-400 A.D.
Dimensions: cm 58x228x9
Materials: Marble

The healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda is one of the
miracles of Jesus set at the pool in Jerusalem and described exclusively
by the Gospel of John (5,1-18). It is depicted on this sarcophagus with
Jesus accompanied by two apostles and the paralytic who lies beneath
a stylized pool with the image of the miracle above. Accompanying
this rendering are various scenes, most of which are healing miracles
of Jesus: the Healing of two blind men (Matthew 9,27-31); the healing
of the woman suffering from hemorrhages (Mark 5:25-34) and Jesus’
entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11,1-11). The healing miracles emphasize
Jesus’ divinity as well as his acts of love and mercy. They highlight the
compassion of Jesus for the suffering of humanity.

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