Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart

Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart

by Amy M. Hollywood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0268017697

ISBN-13: 9780268017699

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press


The Soul as Virgin Wife presents the first book-length study to give a detailed account of the theological and mystical teachings written by women themselves, especially by those known as beguines, which have been especially neglected. Hollywood explicates the difference between the erotic and imagistic mysticism, arguing that Mechthild, Porete, and Eckhart…  See more details below

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The Soul as Virgin Wife presents the first book-length study to give a detailed account of the theological and mystical teachings written by women themselves, especially by those known as beguines, which have been especially neglected. Hollywood explicates the difference between the erotic and imagistic mysticism, arguing that Mechthild, Porete, and Eckhart challenge the sexual ideologies prevalent in their culture and claim a union without distinction between the soul and the divine.
 
The beguines' emphasis in the later Middle Ages on spiritual poverty has long been recognized as an important influence on subsequent German and Flemish mystical writers, in particular the great German Dominican preacher and apophatic theologian Meister Eckhart. In The Soul as Virgin Wife, Amy Hollywood presents the first book-length study to give a detailed textual account of these debts. Through an analysis of Magdeburg's The Flowing Light of the Godhead, Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls, and the Latin commentaries and vernacular sermons of Eckhart, Hollywood uncovers the intricate web of influence and divergence between the beguinal spiritualities and Eckhart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268017699
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Studies in Spirituality and Theology
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
910,207
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Visionary Imagination and Apophasis1
2The Religiosity of the Mulieres Sanctae26
3The Soul as Hausfrau: Mechthild of Magdeburg's The Flowing Light of the Godhead57
4The Problem of the Text: Marguerite Porete's The Mirror of Simple Souls87
5Language and Ontology in Meister Eckhart: The Theoretical Foundations of His Mysticism120
6The Central Mystical Themes of Meister Eckhart's German Works145
7The Transformation of Suffering in Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart173
Notes207
Bibliography297
Index325

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