This text constitutes the first in-depth study of Hildegard of Bingen’s Expositiones and of her exegesis, preaching, and use of sources.
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), the only medieval woman known
to have authored systematic works of exegesis, composed fifty-eight
little-studied Expositiones euangeliorum, homilies on
twenty-seven Gospel passages. Hildegard described her divine charge
to restore the tottering faith of her era through the revelation of
hidden mysteries in the Scriptures. She was to continue the
exegetical tradition of the Fathers and to construct moral
fortifications with the words of Scripture in order to defend her
sisters against the forces of evil. Hildegard of Bingen and her
Gospel Homilies constitutes the first in-depth study of
Hildegard’s Expositiones and of her exegesis,
preaching, and use of sources. It explores the
Expositiones in the context of Hildegard’s
intellectual and cultural milieu and underscores the central role
of biblical interpretation in the seer’s works. Furthermore,
this book re-examines Hildegard’s self-depiction in the
context of monastic education for women, the
magistra’s exchange with her mentors and friends,
and her rich use of divine voice to empower her own expression.
This is a new, exciting, and erudite study on one of the most
influential female mystics.
"Comme le dit le texte de la jaquette, "this is a new, exciting and erudite study on one of the most influential female mystics"."
(C. A., dans Revue bénédictine, 2010/2, p. 371)
"This is a thourough piece of scholarship. Kienzle carefully places the Expositiones in context both of the traditions in which Hildegard stood and of her broader œuvre."
(John W. Coakley, in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 80/1, March 2011, p. 151)
"Hildegard of Bingen and her Gospel Homilies is an erudite work, but also engaging reading. It brings new knowledge on Hildegard and her works as well as on the conditions of female religious learning in the twelfth century. It is a most welcome addition to the existing literature on Hildegard of Bingen and her time."
(B. Istoft, in: Journal of Religion in Europe, vol. 4, 2011, p. 504-506)