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Julian of Norwich and the Mystical Body Politic of Christ (Studies in Spirituality & Theology) Paperback – 30 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268022089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268022082
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,759,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the best study on Julian since Colledge and Walsh's 1978 critical edition of "Showings". Bauerschmidt's treatment of Julian's bodily sight of the Crucified is a stunning tour de force of imaginative scholarship. I have nothing but praise for this uniformly excellent book." --"Theological Studies"

"In this very important book, Frederick Bauerschmidt provides us with a more adequate account than any hitherto of Julian of Norwich specifically as a theologian, rather than as a mere spiritual writer or else as a feminist "avant la lettre"." --"Pro Ecclesia"

"This book is to be commended for its bold attempt to provide a new vocabulary with which to discuss aspects of the Revelation of Divine Love, a text which repeatedly resists scholarly explication. Julian gives no sources for her thought, and this book eschews the search for them. It offers a reading of Julian's text, not a hypothesis as to its author's intentions, although its argument is occasionally rendered vulnerable by an over-close identification of author with text. Bauderschmidt wisely disclaims that he has unlocked the text's 'real' significance, and acknowledges that his treatment of it is guided by a particular interest in human community. The result is an honest and searching contribution to Julian scholarship." --"The Heythrop Journal"

." . . Extraordinary . . . I highly recommend this original, insightful, and provocative study."--"Spiritual Life"



Bauerschmidt adds a creative and challenging dimension to the current lively discussion of the theology of fourteenth-century British anchorite Julian of Norwich. His reading of Julian s text is complex and challenging and makes a provocative contribution to both the hermeneutics of medieval texts and to contemporary political discussions. "Religious Studies Review""

This is the best study on Julian since Colledge and Walsh s 1978 critical edition of "Showings." Bauerschmidt s treatment of Julian s bodily sight of the Crucified is a stunning tour de force of imaginative scholarship. I have nothing but praise for this uniformly excellent book. "Theological Studies""

In this very important book, Frederick Bauerschmidt provides us with a more adequate account than any hitherto of Julian of Norwich specifically as a theologian, rather than as a mere spiritual writer or else as a feminist "avant la lettre." "Pro Ecclesia""

This book is to be commended for its bold attempt to provide a new vocabulary with which to discuss aspects of the Revelation of Divine Love, a text which repeatedly resists scholarly explication.Julian gives no sources for her thought, and this book eschews the search for them. It offers a reading of Julian s text, not a hypothesis as to its author s intentions, although its argument is occasionally rendered vulnerable by an over-close identification of author with text.Bauderschmidt wisely disclaims that he has unlocked the text s real significance, and acknowledges that his treatment of it is guided by a particular interest in human community. The result is an honest and searching contribution to Julian scholarship. "The Heythrop Journal""

About the Author

FREDERICK CHRISTIAN BAUERSCHMIDT is associate professor of theology at Loyola College in Maryland.

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Julian of Norwich, a "simple creature unlettered" and the achoress of St. Julian Church in Norwich, received a revelation from God in 1373 that inspired her to write A Revelation of Love in two forms, commonly called the long and short texts. The short text, written after the revelation, reflects the immediacy of Julian's experience, whereas the long text shows the fruit of two decades of reflection. This book provides a close and historically sensitive reading of Julian's Revelation of Love that addresses the question of the relationship between our understanding of God and our vision of human community. By examining Julian's images of Christ's body, this book looks for the political implications of Julian's visions. A must read for the Christian political scientist.
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Julian of Norwich, a "simple creature unlettered" and the achoress of St. Julian Church in Norwich, received a revelation from God in 1373 that inspired her to write A Revelation of Love in two forms, commonly called the long and short texts. The short text, written after the revelation, reflects the immediacy of Julian's experience, whereas the long text shows the fruit of two decades of reflection. This book provides a close and historically sensitive reading of Julian's Revelation of Love that addresses the question of the relationship between our understanding of God and our vision of human community. By examining Julian's images of Christ's body, this book looks for the political implications of Julian's visions. A must read for the Christian political scientist.
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