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Sermons of Meister Eckhart

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Meister Eckhart
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Johannes Eckhart - (ca. 1260-1327), German Dominican mystic
Meister Eckhart (in English, Master Eckhart; born Johannes Eckhart; also called Eckhart von Hocheim; also spelled Eckehart) was a theologian, a writer, and the greatest German mystic of the Middle Ages. His writings focused on the relationship of the individual soul to God.

Born in Hochheim, Eckhart joined the Dominicans at the age of 15 and continued his theological studies as a member of the order. He received a master's degree in theology from the University of Paris in 1302 and then served as prior at Erfurt and as Dominican vicar-general for Bohemia. He was a professor of theology in Paris in 1311, and between 1314 and 1322 he taught and preached in Strasbourg and was also a preacher in Cologne, where he was respected for both his administrative ability and his sermons.

Eckhart's theology followed that of another Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas, but it also incorporated much Neoplatonic thought. His teachings on the union of the soul with God led to accusations of pantheism, a charge also made against the Rhineland mystics who followed him. In 1327 the Avignonese pope John XXII summoned Eckhart to defend himself against accusations of heresy. Eckhart recanted on some 26 articles (or propositions), but a papal bull issued in 1329 to condemn Eckhart's teaching named 28.

Modern scholars consider Eckhart's mysticism generally orthodox, although surviving sermons and tracts are usually thought to have been edited by Eckhart's friends and foes. Talks of Instruction (1300?), The Book of Divine Consolation (1308?), and a score of sermons are considered among the most authentic works.

Eckhart had a profound influence on the development of the German language, as he wrote in German as well as in Latin. The German idealists looked to Eckhart as a forerunner of their movement, and modern scholars have traced his influence in the development of Protestantism and existentialism.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A book to keep in a bedside drawer. 28 May 2013
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Hard work even for someone who is used to deep theology, but well worth the struggle. A book almost for reflective reading and meditation and not something to read through. Taken in small bits it is often helpful, but always humbling.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the magic 4 Dec 2012
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This translation doesn't capture the essence of Eckhardt. He was a mystic and the mysticism doesn't quite come through. Not an easy task.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tread softly! 8 Dec 2012
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Meister Eckhart is a mystic. That takes him beyond the 'work-a-day-world" in which most people live. He communes with God because he has been given a knowledge of God that is shared only by similiar souls. The Philosophers have that same knowledge of God as Creator and as Sustainer of all in being. God is nearer and closer to ourselves than we are to ourselves. The Philosophers have found this same knowledge, but the Mystic experiences the reality of this knowledge. Eckhart was both. For those interested in mysticism, Meister Eckhart has many wise things to say. He is a searcher of Truth Mystics really don't live in an "Alice in Wonderland" world. For them, God is real. Amazon is to be thanked for providing these Texts for the wider world to read. There is more than bread, water and jam in life- there is the whole life of the Mind and soul. The Meister teaches us that the latter things are far more important. In short: "What is life if full of care/ We have no time to stop and stare."
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5.0 out of 5 stars And yes, 30 Jan 2014
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all we can do is say Thank You. Not a quick read but one that every page calls for a time to drift into a deep awakening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent inspiration! 4 Jan 2014
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Simply excellent inspiration! The Lord's Wisdom is indeed apparent in this marvelous collection of sermons. I highly recommend as a spiritual read for inner growth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay as far as it goes 22 July 2013
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I had hoped for more of his sermons. There are only a handful. Eckhart is one of my very favorite mystics. His work has deeply touched me in many ways. I prefer a more complete book.
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