LEE M. JEFFERSON
MIRACLE HIT PARADE. The continuous relief of this early fourth-century sarcophagus shows wondrous episodes from the New Testament and apocryphal stories. These include (left to right) Peter striking the rock, the arrest of Peter, Jesus at Cana, healing of the blind, multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and the raising of Lazarus. The sarcophagus is named after Sabinus, to whom it was dedicated by his wife, but the central figure of an oranta (hands raised) suggests that it originally had been made for someone else.