Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine / Edition 1

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Barbara Newman reintroduces English-speaking readers to an extraordinary and gifted figure of the twelfth-century renaissance. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was mystic and writer, musician and preacher, abbess and scientist who used symbolic theology to explore the meaning of her gender within the divine scheme of things.

With a new preface, bibliography, and discography, Sister of Wisdom is a landmark book in women's studies, and it will also be welcomed by readers in religion and history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520211629
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Newman is Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University.
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Table of Contents

Preface (1997)
Preface (1987)
1 "A poor little female" 1
Biographical sketch 4
Survey of Hildegard's works 15
Theology and the problem of feminine authority 34
2 The Feminine Divine 42
Theophany and the bride of God 46
The mirror of providence, the virgin spring, and the tree of life 51
The eternal counsel 55
Wisdom as creatrix and anima mundi 64
Wisdom's vesture 71
The chastisements of charity 75
3 The Woman and the Serpent 89
Made in God's image 91
The garment and the mirror 94
The bright cloud and the shadow 100
Eve and Satan 107
4 Daughters of Eve 121
Women's sexuality and character 126
God, Satan, and fertility 133
Gynecology 143
Healing and magic 148
5 The Mother of God 156
Mary and the ancient counsel 160
Eve and Mary 167
Atonement through the virgin birth 171
Mary as the feminine ideal 181
Mary, the Church, and the priesthood 188
6 The Bride of Christ 196
The Church eternal in heaven 198
Synagogue and Church 204
The wedding on Calvary 211
Christ's virgins and the virgin Church 218
Mother Church and the motherhood of God 228
"An effeminate age" 238
7 Sister of Wisdom 250
Theology and gender revisited 254
Sapiential thought through the twentieth century 258
Feminism and the future of Sophia 265
Texts of Hildegard's Poetry 273
Bibliography 281
Discography 297
Index 299
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