Flesh Made Word
Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Baylor University Press
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In the 1987 f_ilm Le Moine et la Sorci?re,1 the Dominican friar ?tienne de Bourbon enters a village in southern France in search of heretics. T_here he meets a woman who attracts his attention. A midwife, herbalist, and healer, she cares for the bodies of the villagers. Intrigued, and not a little suspicious, he seeks her out for conversation. T_heir talk turns to the many books he has ...
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Writing about writing reveals the degree to which writing is not one?s own, but utterly dependent on the inspiration, ideas, and labor of others. Nothing in this book would be possible without the multitude that has preceded me, surrounded me, and sustained me over this long and eventful journey. Christian Brothers University has supported my research and writing ...
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T_he incarnation is the beating heart of the Christian message: God with us in a human body, Word made f_lesh in history, the good news proclaimed in Christ. As a theological doctrine, the incarnation has traditionally referred to Jesus Christ as the uniquely incarnate Word of God, one person in two natures, divine and human, the Logos who ?took f_lesh? and became human ...
1. Attending to Word and Flesh
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At.sct.sce.scn.scd.sci.scn.scg.sc t.sco.sc Wo.scr.scd.sc a.scn.scd.sc Fl.sce.scs.sch.scT_he wisdom recovered and developed by diverse feminist theologians makes it possible to interpret the incarnation inclusively, as extending beyond the historical body of Jesus. Christ is incarnate in a multiplicity of bodies, wher-ever the hungry are fed, justice is pursued, and love is shared. Careful atten-...
2. Hadewijch of Brabant and the Mother of Love
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Ha.scd.sce.sc w.sci.scj.scc.sch.sc o.scf.sc Br.sca.scb.sca.scn.sct.sc a.scn.scd.sc t.sch.sce.sc Hade wijch was a woman in love with love. T_he love of love permeates her writings across a variety of genres, both poetry and prose.1 Love (Minne in Hade wijch?s native Dutch language) is both subject and object, noun and verb, lover and beloved, and the love that unites the two. Her written ode to ...
3. Angela of Foligno Writing the Body of Christ
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An.scg.sce.scl.sca.sc o.scf.sc Fo.scl.sci.scg.scn.sco.sc Wr.sci.sct.sci.scn.scg.sc In Angela of Foligno?s f_inal instruction to her disciples,1 she describes the vision she has received of the preparation for her death. Her soul was washed in the blood of Christ and clothed in colorful royal garments. Her divine spouse favorably compared her to a bride in preparation for her wedding. ...
4. Writing Annihilation with Marguerite Porete
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Wr.sci.sct.sci.scn.scg.sc An.scn.sci.sch.sci.scl.sca.sct.sci.sco.scn.sc w.sci.sct.sch.sc Near the end of Marguerite Porete?s Mirror of Simple Souls,1 the character Soul begins to sing. T_his song of love was found by the Soul; she calls it love?s song, both in praise of and given by love.2 T_he Soul fears that others may misunderstand her song because they are blinded by reason, but reason ...
5. Transcendence Incarnate
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Tr.sca.scn.scs.scc.sce.scn.scd.sce.scn.scc.sce.sc In.scc.sca.scr.scn.sca.sct.sce.scHade wijch of Antwerp, Angela of Foligno, and Marguerite Porete each write theology with keen awareness of the limitations of their own language in the face of God?s transcendence. Because their mystical writings fall in the rich tradition of apophatic or negative theology, it is worth concluding by ...
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Publication Year: 2013