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Ecstatic Confessions: The Heart of Mysticism

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Available for the first time in paperback, Ecstatic Confessions is Martin Buber's unique, personal gathering of the testimonies of mystics throughout the centuries expressing their encounters with the divine. It features the author's seminal introduction to mysticism, "Ecstasy and Confession," which probes the nature of what Buber terms the "most inward of all experiences.... God's highest gift." Buber sifted through texts from oriental, pagan, Gnostic, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim ...
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Overview

Available for the first time in paperback, Ecstatic Confessions is Martin Buber's unique, personal gathering of the testimonies of mystics throughout the centuries expressing their encounters with the divine. It features the author's seminal introduction to mysticism, "Ecstasy and Confession," which probes the nature of what Buber terms the "most inward of all experiences.... God's highest gift." Buber sifted through texts from oriental, pagan, Gnostic, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim sources down the centuries to cull those moving records that manage to convey some quality of an experience that is essentially beyond the power of words to capture. Ecstatic Confessions orchestrates these reports from the edge of human experience into a revealing look at the nature of the ecstatic experience itself and the tension arising from the mystic's compelling need to give witness to an event that can never truly be verbalized.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815604228
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Martin Buber Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 752,059
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Foreword
Introduction by Martin Buber: Ecstasy and Confession 1
India
Prince Dara Shekoh and the Ascetic Baba Lal 12
Ramakrishna 13
Bayezid Bistami 17
Hussein al Halladj 20
Ferid ed din Attar 22
Jalal al-din Rumi 27
Tevekkul-Beg 29
The Sufis and Their Followers
Rabi'a 31
Neoplatonism
Plotinus 32
Gnosticism and Early Christian Heresy
Valentinus 35
Sayings of Montanus and the Montanists 35
Greek Monasticism
Symeon the New Theologian 36
The Twelfth Century
Hildegard von Bingen 43
Alpais of Cudot 45
The Franciscans
Aegidius of Assisi 48
The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries in Germany
Mechtild von Magdeburg 51
Mechtild von Hackborn 61
Gertrud von Helfta 63
Heinrich Seuse 65
Christina Ebner 70
Margareta Ebner 72
Adelheid Langmann 74
The Song of Bareness 76
From the German Sister-books 77
The Fourteenth Century in the North
Birgitta von Schweden 91
Julian of Norwich 94
Mysticism in the Netherlands
Gerlach Peters 96
The Italian Women
Angela di Foligno 99
Catherine of Siena 105
Catherine of Genoa 107
Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi 109
The Spanish Women
Teresa de Jesus 112
Anna Garcias (Anna a San Bartolomeo) 117
The Seventeenth Century in France
Armelle Nicolas 118
Antoinette Bourignon 121
Jeanne Marie Bouvieres de la Mothe Guyon 121
Elie Marion 124
The Seventeenth Century in Germany and the Netherlands
Jakob Bohme 126
A Page 126
Hans Engelbrecht 127
Hemme Hayen 129
The Nineteenth Century
Anna Katharina Emmerich 135
Ancient India
From the Mahabharatam 143
Chinese Mysticism
Sayings of Lao-tse and His Disciples 145
Jewish Mysticism
From the Hasidism 147
Ecclesiastical and Nonecclesiastical Mysticism of the Early Christian Period
From the Writings of Makarios the Egyptian 151
From the Writings of Ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite 151
From the Tract "Sister Katrei" 153
Ascribed to Meister Eckhart 153
Bibliography 157
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