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introduced by Barbara J. Newman, preface by Caroline Walker Bynum, translated by Mother Columba Hart and Jane Bishop.
pp. x-550, nn. ill. b/n, New York
data stampa: 1990
codice isbn: 978080913130

" ... these translations thus supersede former ones ... if the introductions, translations, and other apparatus of the rest of the series are of the same high quality, the series will be indispensable for most libraries." Library Journal

In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and Islamic traditions have been critically selected, translated and introduced by internationally recognized scholars and spiritual leaders.

I saw a great mountain the color of iron, and enthroned on it
One of such great glory that it blinded my sight. On each side of him there extended a soft shadow, like a wing of wondrous breadth and length. Before him, at the foot of the mountain, stood an image full of eyes on alI sides, in which, because of those eyes, I could discern no human form. (Hildegard of Bingen [1098-1179])

Hildegard of Bingen, twelfth-century German nun, mystic, prophet and political moralist, was widely consulted as an oracle and wrote prolifically on doctrinal matters, as well as on secular matters like medicine. She . publicly preached monastic reform, founded two nunneries, and was embroiled in the politics surrounding popes and anti-popes.

Scivias, her major religious work, consists of twenty-six visions, which are first set down literally as she saw them, and are then explained exegetically. A few of the topics covered in the visions are the charity of Christ, the nature of the universe, the kingdom of God, the fall of man, sanctification, and the end of the world. Special emphasis is given to the sacraments of marriage and the Eucharist, in response to the Cathar heresy. As a group the visions form a theological summa of Christian doctrine. At the end of the Scivias are hymns of praise and a short play, probably an early draft of Ordo virtutum, the first known morality play. Hildegard is remarkable for being able to unite "vision with doctrine, religion with science, charismatic jubilation with prophetic indignation, and longing for social order with the quest for social justice." This volume is especially significant for feminist historians and theologians. It elucidates the life of medieval women, and is a striking example of a special form of Christian spirituality.

Indice:

Preface
Introduction
Translator's Note
Co-Translator's Note

DECLARATION: THESE ARE TRUE VISIONS FLOWING FROM GOD

BOOK ONE: THE CREATOR AND CREATION
1. God Enthroned Shows Himself to Hildegard
2. Creation and the Fall
3. The Universe and Its SymboIism
4. Soul and Body
5. The Synagogue
6. The Choirs of Angels

BOOK TWO: THE REDEEMER AND REDEMPTION
1. The Redeemer
2. The Trinity
3· The Church, Bride of Christ and Mother of the Faithfui
4. Confirmation
5. The Three Orders in the Church
6. Christ's Sacrifice and the Church
7. The Devil

BOOK THREE: THE HISTORY OF SALVATION SYMBOLIZED BY A BUILDING
1. God and Man
2. The Edifice of Salvation
3· The Tower of Anticipation of God's Will
4· The Pillar of the Word of God
5. The Jealousy of God
6. The Stone Wall of the Old Law
7. The Pillar of the Trinity
8. The Pillar of the Humanity of the Savior
9. The Tower of the Church
1O. The Son of Man
11. The Last Days and the Fall of the Antichristo
12. The New Heaven and the New Earth
13· Symphony of the Blessed

Bibliography to Introduction
Indexes

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