However, it is with the Old Testament and events taking place in the "Cradle of Civilization" (the Near and Middle East) that the most well-known miracles took place. McBrien (2339) noted that there is no actual word for "miracles" in the Bible; the Old Testament, for example, speaks of "signs," "wonders," "acts of power," and "portents." All of Creation, depicted in the Book of Genesis, followed by the Great Flood in which God saved Noah and his family, have been characterized as miracles by Homer Smith (77). The most important in the Old Testament are those acts by which Yahweh delivered Israel from Egypt through the agency of Moses and led them to Cannan (the Exodus) (McBrien 339). Moses was the vehicle chosen by Yahweh to liberate the enslaved Israelites from their captivity; later, Elisha and Elijah would have this same responsibility.
A second set of Old Testament miracles occurs in the Elijah-Elisha stories which present the confrontation between Yahwism and Baalism. The so-called Babylonian Captivity of the Israelites came to an end through the agency of these actors, who also functioned under the gui