Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen

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Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen

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Twelfth-century spiritual genius and renaissance woman Hildegard is one of Christianity's most admired mystics. The Book of Divine Works, written near the end of a remarkable life, was her most mature book explaining her visions and exhortations. Included in this volume are a number of her most important and prophetic letters that she wrote to various leaders of her time, along with 12 songs, complete with lyrics and medieval notation. As revealed in these writings, Hildegard's mystical ordering of the universe involves a profound connection between Divinity and Earth and humanity.  “I remain hidden in every kind of reality as a fiery power,” God says to her.  “I am life, whole and entire…all life has its roots in me.”  Hildegard’s holistic cosmology reverberates throughout her book.  Her commentary on the opening of John’s Gospel found in The Book of Divine Works is a classic as is her exegesis of humans being made in “the divine image and likeness.”  Her many prophetic letters written to popes, abbots, bishops and archbishops urging them to reform and to “serve lady justice”  reveal her passionate pleading for reform in the church.  They could hardly be more relevant today and it is for good reason that Luther’s first follower in Nuremburg called Hildegard “the first Protestant”—though she lived 400 years before Luther.

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Paperback: 216 pages
Published by Bear & Company; 2nd edition in 2003
ISBN-10: 1879181975
ISBN-13: 978-1879181977