Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic-Annotated & Explained

Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic-Annotated & Explained

by Turner Publishing Company


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Experience "the fiery life of Divine Wisdom" through the rich and varied writings of one of the most accomplished women in Christian history.

Hildegard of Bingen—visionary, abbess, composer, dramatist, poet and healer—was the brilliant and passionate precursor of many of the great women mystics of the Middle Ages. Her body of work is unusually expansive in terms of genre and subject matter for any theologian of her time, and includes powerful descriptions of her visions, advice to influential nobles and royalty, theological correspondence with fellow manastics, liturgical songs, and medical and scientific works.

Hildegard's strong personality and vivid spiritual experiences still speak to readers within the church as well as those who are not formally religious but who have an interest in mysticism, the spiritual life, and feminist and eco-spiritualities, or who are drawn to Hildegard through the arts, particularly her music.

This unique introduction to Hildegard's world and writings presents a wide range of her texts grouped by theme, providing a deeper understanding of this influential spiritual figure than can single-themed collections. Insightful and instructive annotations provide historical background and place selections within the wider context of Hildegard's understanding of the spiritual life and the natural world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735141
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/10/2016
Series: SkyLight Illuminations
Edition description: Annotated
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 841,094
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, an Episcopal priest, is a popular teacher, speaker and retreat leader on topics related to Christian spirituality, mysticism, social activism and interreligious encounter. A professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University, and professor of Anglican studies at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, she is author of Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic—Annotated & Explained and Pilgrimage—The Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart, among other books.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Living Light
Part 2: Blazing Fire
Part 3: Divine Love
Part 4: Holy Wisdom
Part 5: Spiritual Community
Part 7: God's Creation
Part 8: Celestial Harmony
Part 9: Healing Sciences
Part 10: Women's Health
Part 11: Worldly Witness

The Works of Hildegard of Bingen
A Note on Sources
Suggested Resources

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