"Sign" (semeion) is a key term in the Fourth Gospel.  There, in Greek as in English, the implication of calling a miracle a "sign" rather than a "wonder" is that its importance lies not in its spectacular nature ("What a wonderful thing!") but in what it signifies about something else (such as the person of the wonder-worker, or the advent of the Kingdom of God, or the breadth of divine compassion, or the like).  Would Eliot have been reading the Gospel in Greek?

Jerry Walsh

From: Terry Traynor <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, March 12, 2010 10:29:48 AM
Subject: signs and wonders

from "Gerontion":

        Signs are taken for wonders. "We would see a sign!"

Does anybody know the difference between signs and wonders?