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Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine Paperback – 1 Jul 1992

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprinted edition edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520066154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520066151
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,701,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At long last there has appeared an English-language book worthy of the person it studies. . . . Hildegard of Bingen was an exuberantly complex visualist and thinker; Dr. Newman's book is an excellent way of being introduced to Hildegard's sapiential visuals and thought."--"Adris Newsletter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This is simply the best book ever done on St. Hildegard in Englisha well-conceptualized work of remarkable erudition and vigorous style. Medievalists will love it, and it will generate debate in the field."Robert I. Burns, S. J." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sometimes when reading an academic orientated study of a particular person, not only does the felt relationship between the object of study and the studier – as it were, sometimes comes through, but also the voice of the one studied. That is usually quite uplifting, and it is not as if the voice of the subject of study speaks through the studier, but that the voice – particularly the sound, of the subject studied comes through, as it were translated, but is heard on quite a different level. Sometimes there are flashes where this happens; sometimes the flashes appear to be more sustained. It seems to do with what the person loves about the subject of their attention, and that seems to be the vehicle that there is a connection, on the reader’s part, with; for it creates a particular kind of empathy, and in establishing an empathy, there begins an understanding.

Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildergard’s theology of the divine. B Newman, is a very academic type of title. Theology – oh that is a male thing; Hildergard’s theology, oh someone must be latching onto a feminist bandwagon. Having just attempted to read a feminist reading – an anthology of collected papers on the Psalms, I gave up. How wrong can one be! Reading Sarna’s ‘On the Psalms’, I found myself keep reaching for my Bible; and I found myself doing exactly the same thing when I read chapter 2 of this – The Feminine Divine. I first came across Hildergard’s through her music in the late 70’s, and it was like hearing, really hearing, Mozart for the first time. It would be a mistake to interpret what she says as naiveté, but it is a naiveté, which encapsulates both purity and humility, which is why perhaps, St Bernard appears to have taken her under his wing.
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