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Revelations of Divine Love
     

Revelations of Divine Love

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by Julian of Norwich, Elizabeth Spearing (Translator), A. C. Spearing (Introduction)
 

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Coming from a society where women were barred from serious writing and teaching, Julian, an anchoress in the great medieval city of Norwich, nevertheless used the English vernacular of the day to describe an extraordinary series of "showings" that she received from God. Through her experiences, she identifies the female nature of Christ's suffering, the motherhood of

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Coming from a society where women were barred from serious writing and teaching, Julian, an anchoress in the great medieval city of Norwich, nevertheless used the English vernacular of the day to describe an extraordinary series of "showings" that she received from God. Through her experiences, she identifies the female nature of Christ's suffering, the motherhood of God, and, using images from domestic daily life, emphasizes the homeliness of God's love. This new translation from the Middle English, which includes both the long and the short versions of her Revelations, preserves all the directness of expression and the rich complexity of her thoughts, offering a work that stands alongside The Cloud of Unknowing and Langland's Piers Plowman.

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Revelations of Divine Love is dense, deeply intuitive, and theologically complex. The last thirty years have seen several translations, some academic, others literal, but none quite like this one which capture's Julian's deepest meanings and liberates her inspired insights.
According to John-Julian in the introduction to Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich (1342-ca.1416) was an English recluse who recounted the poignant, subtle, and radical insights granted to her in sixteen visions of the crucified Christ as she lay on what was believed to be her deathbed. Her miraculous recovery from that illness led to twenty more years of reflection and contemplation and finally to her writing this detailed account of her mystical experience.
Revelations of Divine Love is an essential guide to living a Christian life. This translation captures Julian’s deepest meanings and liberates her inspired insights. — sirreadalot.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140446739
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
140,648
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Julian of Norwich (c. 1342 after 1416) was the first woman writer in English. Nothing is known of her background or even her real name, simply that she believed she was a messenger to all Christians because of her 'showings' from God.

A.C. Spearing and Elizabeth Spearing have published numerous books and articles on medieval literature.

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Revelations of Divine Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Charli_Girl More than 1 year ago
I read this in a college class and I fell in love with her language. It's been about 6 months since I read it so I don't remember very many details, however, her words inspired me to ask God for things that I had always wanted but never had the strength for. Through her I have opened a new chapter in my faith. This truly is a work of art. There are neither words that I could say that would do enough justice to the message or the meaning of this work, nor are there words that I would write that would help anyone to understand how this book has affected my life. All I can say is that to believe me you must read it, and if you do there will be no regrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago