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Sister of Wisdom: St.Hildegard of Bingen's Theology of the Feminine

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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,
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 20th 1998 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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May 16, 2013 Cassian rated it really liked it
Deeply learned scholar--book has not aged well in a few spots, particularly in the odd psychological comments, which seem to have little or no psychological grounding. I also feel that attempts to place Hildegard into a larger Christian theological history, while important to make, also have a inadvertent tendency to obscure the fact that she was also heir to what must have been rich non-Christian oral traditions local to the region in which she lived. Due to the fact that we have so few sources ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Ck rated it really liked it
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Interesting and engaging, not in the least because Hildegard forcefully argues for the critical place of femininity in spiritual realm, while upholding misogynistic hierarchies in the temporal.

Newman pieces together Hildegard's prolific visions and imagery to deduce a semi-systematic theology of the Incarnation and femininity. She also succeeds in making the medieval mind, with all its idiosyncrasies, accessible to the modern mind.

I recommend this book to those curious, in an intellectual way,
Feb 20, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Summary: The theology and philosoy of Hildegard von Bingen.

Review: I didn't make it all the way through this book. It went from very interesting to very crazy in no time flat. after the third or so time that we went to crazy town, I had to give up.
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