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Hildegard of Bingen: Healing and the Nature of the Cosmos Paperback – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558761381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558761384
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hildegard of Bingen was born in 1098 of noble parents and educated at a Benedictine monastery, where she eventually became prioress. Throughout her life, she experienced mystical visions that were authenticated by the church. Schipperges (Univ. of Heidelberg) delineates this remarkable thinker's view of the human being as a microcosm of the universe, intricately bound by the senses to the life of the soul, nature, and God. Although Schipperges does not delve into her writings in any detail, he does a fine job of concisely portraying the depth and breadth of Hildegard's work, singling out modern medicine and theology as disciplines that much to learn from her vision and faith. Suitable for academic and public libraries.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith on January 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
When Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) established her Benedictine convent at Rupertsberg, she insisted on a charter granting full ownership and independence to the nuns. And on receiving this from Count Bernard of Hildesheim, she proceeded to build the community of her dreams, without deference to any male superior. The prelate and clergy of Mainz might presume to give her orders, but if those orders contradicted her community's values she would not obey.

Schipperges explores Hildegard's values, her accomplishments, and her vision. For her, Christian community was a quest for perfect love, not perfect submission to superiors. The Gospel was a call to fullness, not a negation of life. She encouraged her nuns to deeper self-respect, not the erasure of self-esteem. From her own experience she knew low self-worth as an immaturity to be overcome. For a time she had felt that God was calling her to write books, but believed this was utter presumption for a woman. She recorded that "because of doubt and low opinion of myself and because of diverse sayings of men, I refused for a long time a call to write, not out of stubbornness, but out of humility, until weighed down by a scourge of God, I fell onto a bed of sickness". She might have interpreted this sickness as a kind of punishment for the pride of wishing to write. But finally she decided the sickness came from avoiding a challenge, and proceeded to write the books which many still revere as classics.

Concerning her community's daily life, Schipperges shows their patterns of prayer, work, and worship. They sang their own compositions, shared their visions and set their own rules. In the outside world all of this could be actually illegal.
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